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TCH upgrades slated for Newfoundland

NORRIS ARM, Nfld. -- The Trans-Canada Highway in Newfoundland has garnered attention, and will receive $13.8 millio...


NORRIS ARM, Nfld. — The Trans-Canada Highway in Newfoundland has garnered attention, and will receive $13.8 million in upgrades that will benefit truckers.

The funding, available under the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program (SHIP), will be used to complete three road improvement projects. The South Branch River Bridge will be replaced and 1.5 kilometres of the TCH there will be realigned. The new bridge will be able to withstand heavier truckloads. Also, at Arnold’s Cove seven kilometres of climbing lanes will be added for heavy trucks and a new interchange will be built. Meanwhile at Norris Arm, the Rattling Brook (Penstock) Bridge will be replaced.

"The Trans-Canada Highway is essential to trade and tourism in this province," said MP Gerry Byrne. "The improvements made to the highway infrastructure in this province will enhance public safety for the benefit of residents and visitors to Newfoundland and Labrador."

"I am thrilled we are moving forward with these projects," said Newfoundland and Labrador’s Transportation Minister, Jim Walsh. "With this funding we will be able to replace two bridges along the highway and carry out much needed rehabilitation along one of the worst sections of the Trans-Canada Highway in this province."


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