New Brunswick to improve highway infrastructure

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DIEPPE, N.B. — With federal and provincial government funding, a $29 million boost to New Brunswick’s main interprovincial artery was announced last week.

Federal Transport Minister David Collenette and his provincial counterpart Percy Mockler together announced the joint funding to help improve a stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway running between Edmundston and Longs Creek near Fredericton.

The $29 million agreement is part of the $600 million Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program (SHIP) announced by Collenette last year.

The provincial and federal governments will each contribute $14.6 million toward the five-year project. The announcement also includes $8.1 million in joint funding to twin a 3.4 km section of the highway as well as three smaller improvement projects.

Mockler said the importance of a strong highway system cannot be underestimated, it’s a lifeline for the people of New Brunswick, their connection to society and part of their daily living, he says.

The highway infrastructure program funding is on top of a $400-million deal announced last month by Prime Minister, Jean Chrtien and New Brunswick Premier, Bernard Lord to twin 130 km of the highway.

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