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Trans-Canadas eastern leg improved sevenfold

ST. JOHNS, Nfld. -- The federal government has announced the completion of seven highway infrastructure projects a...

ST. JOHNS, Nfld. — The federal government has announced the completion of seven highway infrastructure projects along the Newfoundland and Labrador Trans-Canada Highway.

“These investments will give a boost to the local economy. These improvements will also contribute to increased road safety for residents and travelers,” said federal Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Lawrence Cannon.

These highway projects were funded under the Canada/Newfoundland and Labrador Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program. The total value of the highway construction component was $23 million, of which the federal government contributed over $11 million.

The seven roadway projects funded through the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program cover a variety of improvements to enhance safety, traffic flow and capacity on the National Highway System. These projects include: Trans-Canada Highway, Route 1: construction of the Deer Lake Overpass; Long Harbour Interchange: removal of the existing super-structure and replacement with two span super-structures; Port aux Basques Overpass: construction of an overpass structure and ramps; Penstock Bridge: construction of a concrete structure and approaches, the reconstruction of 41 kilometres of Trans-Canada Highway from Chance Cove intersection to Goobies, and the replacement of the South Branch River Bridge, including the realignment of approximately 1.5 kilometres of the Trans-Canada Highway; Trans-Canada Highway near Norris Arm: replacement of Rattling Brook (Penstock) Bridge; and Trans-Canada Highway: reconstruction of 19.5 kilometres from Flat Bay to Fischells River Bridge.

For more information on the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program, visit

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