Grade crossings to be safer with Government of Canada investment



    OTTAWA, May 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Rob Merrifield, Minister of
State (Transport), today announced that the Government of Canada will provide
$7.1 million in new funding for the Grade Crossing Improvement Program (GCIP)
this year. In addition, the Economic Action Plan provides $28 million over the
next five years to further enhance grade crossings.
    "Our government takes the issue of rail safety very seriously," said
Minister Merrifield. "We are committed to further reducing injuries and
fatalities at crossings across the country. In collaboration with rail
companies and communities, we are improving safety for motorists and
pedestrians alike."
    Rail safety in Canada will additionally benefit from the Government of
Canada's 2009 Economic Action Plan, which is accelerating and expanding recent
historic federal investment in infrastructure with almost $12 billion in new
infrastructure stimulus funding over two years. This includes $28 million over
five years to enhance the GCIP, which will help save lives by improving safety
at public grade crossings across Canada.
    "Safety at railway crossings is something we can all get behind," said
Canada's Transport Minister John Baird. "Communities across the country will
be safer because our government is making these safety improvements happen."
    The Government of Canada works closely with railway companies and
communities to identify grade crossings that require safety improvements.
Transport Canada provides funding for improvement projects at numerous sites
every year. Under the GCIP, eligible railway crossings are upgraded, relocated
or closed, based on an assessment of factors such as traffic volume and
accident history. Improvements may include installing flashing lights and
gates, linking crossing signals to nearby traffic lights, or adding new
circuits or timing devices. Transport Canada finances up to 80 per cent of the
total cost of the improvements, with the balance provided by the railways,
municipalities, or provinces and territories.
    The Government of Canada also supports other initiatives to improve
safety at railway crossings, such as Operation Lifesaver, a national public
education program whose goal is to reduce the needless loss of life, injuries
and damages caused by highway/railway crossing collisions and train/pedestrian
incidents.
    Backgrounders on railway crossing facts and tips, and crossings scheduled
for improvements are attached.


    
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                       RAILWAY CROSSING FACTS AND TIPS
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    -   There are approximately 55,000 public, private and pedestrian
        highway-railway crossings in Canada.

    -   There are still too many fatalities and injuries as a result of
        highway-railway crossing collisions.

    -   Approximately 50 per cent of vehicle-train collisions occur at
        crossings with active warning devices (gates, lights, bells).

    -   Trains cannot stop quickly. An average freight train travelling at
        100 km/h requires about 1.1 kilometres to stop. A passenger train
        travelling at 120 km/h requires about 1.6 kilometres to stop. That's
        14 football fields!

    -   Look for the crossbuck symbol that indicates a highway-railway
        crossing. Some more heavily travelled highway-railway crossings have
        lights and bells or gates.

    -   Listen for warning bells and whistles. Turn off, or turn down,
        distracting fans, heaters and radios until the crossing is safely
        cleared. Opening the window helps you hear better.

    -   Never drive around lowered gates - it's illegal and deadly. If you
        suspect a signal is malfunctioning, call the 1-800 number posted on
        or near the crossing signal or your local law enforcement agency.

    -   Never race a train to the crossing - even in a tie, you lose.

    -   Do not get trapped on the tracks. Proceed through a highway-railway
        crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing
        without stopping. Remember that the train is three feet wider than
        the tracks on both sides.

    -   If your vehicle stalls on the tracks at a crossing, immediately get
        everyone out and far away from the tracks. Move in the direction that
        the train is approaching from to avoid being hit by debris, because
        the momentum of the train will sweep your vehicle forward.

    -   When at a multiple-track crossing waiting for a train to pass, watch
        out for a second train on the other tracks, approaching from either
        direction.

    -   Railway tracks, trestles, yards and equipment are private property.
        Walking or playing on them is illegal, and trespassers are subject to
        arrest and fines. Too often the penalty is death.

    -   In 2008, 47 people were killed and 20 others seriously injured while
        trespassing on railway property.

    -   Do not walk, run, cycle or operate all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on
        railway tracks or rights of way or through tunnels.

    -   Cross tracks only at designated pedestrian or railway crossings.
        Observe and obey all warning signs and signals.

    -   Do not attempt to hop aboard railway equipment at any time. A slip of
        the foot could cost you a limb or your life.

                                                                    May 2009



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                 2009-2010 GRADE CROSSING IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
                             FUNDING RECIPIENTS
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    PROVINCE  LOCATION      ROAD           IMPROVEMENT           FEDERAL
                                                                 CONTRIBUTION
                                                                 (up to)
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    Alberta   Acheson       Highway 60     Install LEDs and       $208,640.00
                                            constant warning
                                            time device
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    Alberta   Balzac        Secondary      Add gates and           $86,671.00
                             Highway 566    install LEDs
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    Alberta   Okotoks       Secondary      Install LEDs             $8,493.00
                             Highway 549
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    Alberta   Province of   Various        Approximately 24         $3,600.00
               Alberta                      public crossings
                                            need retro-reflective
                                            material to be
                                            applied to comply
                                            with Grade Crossing
                                            Regulations
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    Alberta   Ryley         Range Road     Add short-arm gates     $68,560.00
                             250            and constant warning
                                            time device
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    Alberta   Strathcona    Range Road     Add gates and  	   $181,440.00
               County        232            constant warning
                                            time device
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    Alberta   Suffield      Range Road     Install flashing       $248,794.00
                             93             lights, bells,
                                            gates and constant
                                            warning time device
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    Alberta   Wildwood      47th Street    Add gates and          $251,840.00
                                            constant warning
                                            time device
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    British   Castlegar     Brilliant      Upgrade to LED lights    $5,543.00
    Columbia                 Road
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    British   City of       Puett Ranch    Install LEDs and       $171,200.00
    Columbia  Kamloops       Road           constant warning
                                            time device
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    British   City of       Vicars Road    Addition of LED         $10,400.00
    Columbia  Kamloops                      blank-out signs
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    British   City of New   Braid Street   Increase to 56          $84,800.00
    Columbia  Westminster                   seconds of
                                            pre-emption
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    British   Deroche       Harrison Bay   Upgrade to LED lights    $6,435.00
    Columbia                 Road
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    British   Deroche       Malcolm Road   Upgrade to LED lights    $6,435.00
    Columbia
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    British   Deroche       Highway 7      Upgrade to LED lights    $7,316.00
    Columbia
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    British   Dewdney       Highway 7      Upgrade to LED lights    $6,435.00
    Columbia
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    British   Golden        Anderson Road  Upgrade to LED lights    $6,435.00
    Columbia
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    British   Golden        Blaeberry      Upgrade to LED lights    $6,679.00
    Columbia                 Road East
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    British   Houston       Tweedie        Install LED             $44,800.00
    Columbia                 Avenue         pre-signals
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    British   Mission       Catherwood     Addition of traffic    $107,000.00
    Columbia                 Road           lights and pre-
                                            emption circuits
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    British   North Bend    Chaumox Road   Upgrade to LED lights   $10,225.00
    Columbia
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    British   Yahk          Yahk East      Upgrade to LED lights    $5,543.00
    Columbia                 Road
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    Manitoba  Dugald        Highway 15     Install LEDs            $14,720.00
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    Manitoba  Gregg         Highway 5      Add gates and          $126,000.00
                                            install LEDs
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    Manitoba  Smart         Provincial     Add gates and          $108,080.00
                             Road 270       install LEDs
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    Manitoba  St-Jean       South Service  Overhead lighting        $5,706.00
               Baptiste      Road
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    Manitoba  St-Jean       Park Road      Overhead lighting        $2,081.00
               Baptiste
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    Manitoba  St-Jean       North Service  Overhead lighting        $5,706.00
               Baptiste      Road
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    Manitoba  Winnipeg      Provincial     Add gates and           $71,840.00
                             Road 207       install LEDs
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    Manitoba  Winnipeg      Bison Drive    Add gates and          $250,160.00
                                            constant warning
                                            time device
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    Manitoba  Winnipeg      Bison Drive    Modify interconnection  $13,840.00
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    New       Baker Brook   Cyr Street     Replace lights           $9,760.00
    Brunswick                               with LEDs
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    New       Baker Brook   Soucy Road     Replace lights          $38,240.00
    Brunswick                               with LEDs
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    New       Lac Baker     Baker Lake     Replace lights           $8,640.00
    Brunswick                Island Rd      with LEDs
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    New       Lac Baker     Ouellette      Replace lights           $7,280.00
    Brunswick                Road           with LEDs
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    Nova      Halifax       Ochterloney    Replace lights          $12,240.00
    Scotia                   St             with LEDs
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    Nova      Halifax       Windsor        Replace lights           $7,440.00
    Scotia                   Junction Rd    with LEDs
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    Nova      Wentworth     Valley Road    Replace lights           $7,280.00
    Scotia     Station                      with LEDs
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    Ontario   Cornwall      Tenth Street   Addition of left        $38,240.00
                                            side mast and of LEDs
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    Ontario   Ingersoll     McKeand Road   Removal of the         $129,268.00
                                            existing asphalt
                                            surface to both the
                                            northerly and
                                            southerly rails,
                                            placement of cul-de-
                                            sacs on both sides of
                                            the CNR, fencing and
                                            site restoration
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    Ontario   London        Richmond       Install channeling      $34,240.00
                             Street         fencing for
                                            pedestrian gates
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    Ontario   Markham       Langstaff      Addition of grade      $224,320.00
                             Road           crossing predictors
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    Ontario   Municipality  Mearns Avenue  Install LED lights     $172,948.00
               of                           and constant warning
               Clarington                   time control
                                            equipment
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    Ontario   Municipality  Highway 520    Installation of an      $18,640.00
               of                           additional mast
               Whitestone                   and lights
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    Ontario   Niagara       Drummond       Add grade crossing     $245,920.00
               Falls         Street         predictors and gates
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    Ontario   Quinte West   Montrose Road  Addition of gate       $135,553.00
                                            assemblies, gate
                                            arms and upgrading
                                            of existing lights
                                            to LED light units
                                            to an existing
                                            flashing lights and
                                            bells installation
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ontario   Rainy River  Government      Installation of gates  $265,600.00
                            Road            and constant time
                                            warning devices
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    Ontario   Ramara       Concession      New road crossing      $285,440.00
                            Road 7          warning system,
                                            complete with gates
                                            and grade crossing
                                            predictors
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    Ontario   Ramara       Concession      Installation of        $463,520.00
                            Road 3          flashing lights,
                                            bell, gates and grade
                                            crossing predictors
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    Ontario   Renfrew      Raglan Street   Replace lights          $14,069.00
                                            with LEDs
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    Ontario   Renfrew      Raglan Street   Remove sidewalk, close  $31,856.00
                                            entrance adjacent to
                                            crossing by removing
                                            surface and
                                            restoration, construct
                                            curbs and barriers,
                                            replace sidewalk and
                                            relocate lamp post
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    Ontario   Strathroy    Caradoc Street  Realign rail crossing  $112,000.00
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    Ontario   Tecumseh     L'Esperance     Interconnection of     $240,720.00
                            Road            traffic lights with
                                            the crossing warning
                                            system
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    Ontario   Tecumseh     L'Esperance     Replace lights           $6,960.00
                            Road            with LEDs
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    Ontario   Township of  Spence/Evans    Fencing and ditching     $7,440.00
               Drummond/    Road            accompanied by the
               North                        closing
               Elmsley
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    Ontario   Township of  Station Road    Installation of a      $155,560.00
               Drummond/                    crossing warning
               North                        system consisting
               Elmsley                      of flashing light
                                            signals, bell and
                                            gates
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    Ontario   Township of  First Line Rd   Construction of a       $55,797.00
               Glengarry                    level section and
                                            widening to 8 meters
                                            plus shoulders
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ontario   Township of  Mackenzie       Install LED lights     $246,385.00
               Shuniah      Street          and short arm gates
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    Ontario   Windsor      Curry Avenue    Installation of        $118,363.00
                                            flashing lights
                                            and bells
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ontario   Wyoming      Plowing Match   Add active advance     $208,000.00
                            Road            warning signs
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Ange-        Rue Principale  Install LED              $4,879.00
               Gardien
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    Quebec    Beaconsfield Avenue          Install LED              $4,684.00
                            Woodland
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    Quebec    Coaticook    Rue St-Paul     Install LED              $4,200.00
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Coaticook    Rue Union       Install an additional   $16,000.00
                                            mast
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Coaticook    Chemin Lavoie   Install LED              $2,400.00
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Compton      Chemin Drouin   Install LED              $2,400.00
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Dixville     Chemin Stanhope Install LED              $2,400.00
                            Station
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Durham Sud   Chemin Lisgar   Install LED              $2,400.00
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Frontenac    Chemin du       Install LED              $4,879.00
                            4e Rang
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Frontenac    Chemin du       Install LED              $4,879.00
                            3e Rang
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Kahnawake    Chemin          Install LED              $5,995.00
                            Kahnawake
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Lac-Mégantic Rue Agnès       Install LED              $6,099.00
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Laval        Boulevard       Install LED              $5,995.00
                            Bellerose
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Laval        Avenue des      Install LED              $5,995.00
                            Terrasses
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Laval        Rue Venise      Install LED              $7,999.00
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    L'Epiphanie  Route 339       Modification of         $47,440.00
                                            pre-emption circuit
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Mirabel      Chemin de la    Install LED              $5,010.00
                            Côte Nord
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Mont Saint-  Montée des      Install LED              $6,560.00
               Hilaire      Trente
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Mont Saint-  Rue Ste-Anne    Install barriers       $150,400.00
               Hilaire                      and LEDs
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Mont Saint-  Chemin          Install LED              $6,560.00
               Hilaire      Rouillard
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Mont Saint-  Chemin Benoit   Install LED              $5,995.00
               Hilaire
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Montréal     Rue Wilderton   Install LED              $6,560.00
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Nantes       Route 162       Install LED              $9,758.00
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Pincourt     Boulevard       Install LED              $3,588.00
                            Perrot
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Potton       Route 243       Install LED              $6,099.00
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Rosemère     Chemin de la    Install LED              $5,995.00
                            Grande-Côte
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Rosemère     Rue Lacas       Install LED              $9,510.00
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Saint-Arsène Rue de l'Eglise Install barriers and   $151,981.00
                                            lights, gates and
                                            constant time
                                            warning device
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Saint-Bruno- Boulevard       Install barriers       $100,160.00
               de-          Seigneurial     and LED
               Montarville
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Saint-       Route 122       Increase barrier        $50,160.00
               Cyrille-de                   descent time
               Wendover
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Saint-       4e Rang         Install LED              $2,400.00
               Hyacinthe
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    Quebec    Saint-Jean   Rue Notre-Dame  Install LED              $5,010.00
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Saint-Jean   Chemin St-      Install LED              $5,010.00
                            Evangéline
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Saint-Jean-  Rue Mercier     Install LED              $7,348.00
               sur-
               Richelieu
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Saint-Marc-  Route 289       Modification of         $67,600.00
               du-Lac-Long                  pre-emption circuit
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Saint-       Chemin          Install LED              $5,010.00
               Mathieu      St-Michel
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Saint-Pacôme Chemin Haut de  Install barriers       $217,040.00
                            la rivière
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Saint-Pascal Boulevard       Increase pre-emption   $135,440.00
                            Hébert/Route    and install LEDs
                            230
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Sainte-      Route de la     Install barriers       $133,360.00
               Louise       Station
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Sainte-      Chemin du       Install LED              $6,560.00
               Marie-       Grand-Rang
               Madeleine
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Sainte-      Rang Saint-     Change time of          $37,920.00
               Perpétue     Joseph/         descent of barrier
                            Route 289
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Sainte-      Rue Blainville  Install LED              $7,999.00
               Thérèse      Ouest
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Scotstown    Chemin Victoria Install LED              $4,879.00
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Scotstown    Chemin du       Install LED              $4,879.00
                            Lac-Mégantic
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Sherbrooke   Rue du Parc     Install LED              $4,879.00
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Sherbrooke   Chemin St-Roch  Install LED              $4,879.00
                            Sud
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Sherbrooke   Rue Emery-      Install LED              $4,879.00
                            Fontaine
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Sherbrooke   Rue Mills       Install LED              $6,099.00
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Sherbrooke   Chemin Mitchell Install LED              $4,879.00
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Sorel        Route 132       Install LED             $15,280.00
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    St-Liboire   Rue St-Patrice  Install additional       $5,200.00
                                            lights
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    St-Paul-de-  1ère Avenue     Addition of LED          $9,440.00
               l'Ile-aux-                   lights
               Noix
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Sutton       Route 215       Install LED              $8,538.00
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    Quebec    Upton        Rue Lanoie      Install an additional   $38,400.00
                                            mast
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Val-Joli     11e Rang        Modification of         $38,400.00
                                            pre-emption circuit
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec    Ville de     Rue de la       Install LED              $5,010.00
               Hudson       Station
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    Quebec    Ville de     Rue Principale  Install LED              $5,010.00
               Hudson
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    Quebec    Waterville   Rue Principale  Install LED              $2,400.00
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    Saskat-   Bienfait     Section 30,     Road diversion          $27,148.00
    chewan                  Township 2,
                            Range 6
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    Saskat-   Moosomin     Saunders Road   Addition of gates,     $230,616.00
    chewan                                  install LEDs, and
                                            warning time control
                                            equipment
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     Total                                                      $7,135,628.00
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                                                                    May 2009
    




For further information:

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(Transport) Rob Merrifield, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700; Media Relations, Transport
Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca.
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