BORDEN-CARLETON, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, Feb. 21 /CNW/ - The Honourable
Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Honourable Robert
Ghiz, Premier of Prince Edward Island, today announced new investments of $19.69
million in projects that will increase the efficiency of the
transportation system, contributing to long-term economic prosperity in
the province. The federal and provincial governments will contribute up
to $10.54 million and $9.15 million respectively.
"Because Prince Edward Island is an island province, transportation
links are especially important for the continued growth of its economy.
This investment by the Harper government will benefit both the business
community and the people on the Island, whether they travel by air,
land or across the sea," said Minister Shea.
"When combined with an equal contribution from our own Provincial
Capital Budget, this investment will lead to important improvements in
Prince Edward Island's transportation infrastructure and it will allow
our primary producers to get their products to markets all over the
world more efficiently," said Premier Ghiz.
New investments include improvements to the Trans-Canada Highway (Route
1) to realign traffic flow and improve safety along this main trade
route for PEI. Funding will also make it possible to expand the
Charlottetown Airport terminal to facilitate increased traffic and to
install enhanced technologies at the Confederation Bridge to improve
both monitoring of hazardous conditions and traffic management.
Federal support for these projects is conditional on meeting all
applicable federal eligibility and approval requirements.
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New Strategic Infrastructure Announcements
Prince Edward Island
Charlottetown Airport Terminal Expansion
Description: This project involves expanding Charlottetown Airport's existing
terminal. This will enable Charlottetown to capitalize on economic
growth opportunities and will facilitate increasing traffic through the
Total Investment: $3.5 million. Canada's component is up to $1.2 million, with the
remainder to be provided equally by the airport authority and the
Confederation Bridge: Intelligent Transportation Systems (between PEI
Description: This project involves installing intelligent transportation systems,
including sensors to monitor bridge conditions and provide warnings, a
video incident detection system, dynamic lighting and signage, and toll
plaza transponder/electronic lane improvements. These projects will
increase the efficiency, safety and reliability for the users of this
critical transportation corridor.
Total Investment: $2.68 million. Canada's component is up to $1.34 million, with another
$1.34 million from the bridge operator.
Route 1 Improvements Description: Proposed realignment for locations along the Trans-Canada Highway to
improve safety and efficiency and improve access control.
Total Investment: $16 million. Canada's component is up to $8 million, with the remainder
to be provided by the province.
SOURCE Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
PEI Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal