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Widened Trans-Canada opens in Maritime province

LONGS CREEK, N.B. -- A wider stretch of Trans-Canada Highway between Pokiok and Longs Creek in New Brunswick was re...

LONGS CREEK, N.B. — A wider stretch of Trans-Canada Highway between Pokiok and Longs Creek in New Brunswick was recently unveiled after the culmination of a joint federal and provincial investment.

The $125-million project will provide 29 kilometres of four-lane highway between the two communities. This joint investment is part of the $400-million agreement for the twinning of the Trans-Canada Highway in New Brunswick and was funded through the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund (CSIF). Funds were also provided through the Canada/New Brunswick Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program (SHIP).

“Canada’s new government is proud to partner with the Province of New Brunswick to contribute to the improvement of New Brunswick’s transportation system. This is an excellent example of cooperation between the federal and provincial governments,” said Mike Allen, MP for Tobique-Mactaquac. “These investments will help reduce accident rates, benefit trade and innovation and enhance the economy of the province.”

This project, in conjunction with other projects funded under the Canada/New Brunswick Agreement for the twinning of the Trans-Canada Highway, will result in the completion of a four-lane access-controlled highway from Halifax to the Quebec border.

This new section of highway is expected to significantly reduce the overall accident rate and the number of fatalities as well as improve highway efficiency by reducing traffic congestion.

“New Brunswick is the gateway to the Maritimes,” said New Brunswick Transportation Minister Denis Landry. “A comprehensive highway system is essential for economic growth. By completing this section of the four-lane Trans-Canada Highway in our province, we are strengthening our connection to key markets and essential services.”

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