ALMA, NB, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of
Veterans Affairs and Mr. Rob Moore, MP for Fundy Royal, on behalf of Canada's
Environment Minister John Baird, today announced support for major
recapitalization of Highway 114 in Fundy National Park of Canada.
"Our government is proud to be making significant improvements to Highway
#114, which runs through Fundy National Park," said Minister Thompson. "It
will greatly improve the safety of both local residents and visitors, and it
will definitely be welcome news for the local tourism industry."
The work planned on the highway includes reconstruction of three major
sections totaling 3.5 kilometers between the West and East entrances of the
park in the area near Bennett Lake. Construction is scheduled to begin August
2008 and will continue until December. Work on the project will resume next
May and is expected to be completed by September 2009. The federal government
is investing $8.7 million in this project.
"This project demonstrates our Government's continued and renewed
investment in Fundy National Park and its commitment to protection, education
and visitor experience," said MP Moore. "These improvements will help make
visits to this beautiful national treasure an inspiring experience."
Funding for the highway project comes from new money allocated to Parks
Canada for infrastructure maintenance. This improvement, paired with the
Eco-Integrity project launched in July 2007, allows Parks Canada to provide an
enhanced experience for visitors.
A $5.1 million contract for construction work on the project was awarded
to Modern Construction (1983) Ltd., from Moncton.
Fundy National Park of Canada has been a major destination since its
establishment in 1948. Its dramatic landscapes are linked to the Bay of Fundy
and its world famous tides. It is part of a system of national parks, national
historic sites and national marine conservation areas that is recognized as
one of the finest and most extensive in the world.
Parks Canada works to ensure Canada's cultural and natural heritage are
presented and protected for the enjoyment, education and appreciation of all
Canadians, today and in the future.
For further information:
For further information: Isabelle Spencer, Acting Communications
Officer, Parks Canada New Brunswick, Parks Canada, (506) 887-6102; (Also
available on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under Media Room.)