FREDERICTON, July 24, 2014 /CNW/ - The new $120-million Route 8 Marysville Bypass will be officially open to the public at the end of August 2014.
The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Member of Parliament for Fredericton and the Honourable Claude Williams, New Brunswick Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure today toured the project site to view the progress.
The 36 kilometres of new two-lane roadway is an access-controlled highway bypassing Route 8 from Bridge Street in Marysville to South Portage along the east side of the Nashwaak River. The project also includes 15 kilometres of wildlife fencing. Planning for the project began in 2006.
- The Route 8 Marysville Bypass is jointly funded by the federal and provincial governments.
- The Government of Canada is contributing $44.4 million through the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund. The Province is providing the remaining funding.
"This project is a priority for our government, for New Brunswick and for local residents. This new stretch of highway will reduce road congestion and more importantly will significantly improve road safety for area residents and travellers. Through this project, and others like it, our government is creating new jobs and stimulating the local economy."
Honourable Keith Ashfield
Member of Parliament for Fredericton
"This new highway will provide a safer and more efficient route for through traffic, while also removing heavy truck traffic from residential areas around the capital city. The trucking industry and the provincial economy will also benefit from this new transportation corridor providing smooth and efficient access to the Miramichi region and points north. I also want to acknowledge the tremendous amount of collaboration between Tobique-Mactaquac MP Mike Allen and York North MLA Kirk MacDonald to make this critical infrastructure a success."
Honourable Claude Williams
New Brunswick Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure
ROUTE 8 MARYSVILLE BYPASS
- The Route 8 Marysville Bypass is a $120 million project, cost-shared between the Governments of Canada and New Brunswick.
- Construction began in 2008 and will be completed by the end of August 2014.
- The project extends from Bridge Street in Marysville to South Portage along the east side of the Nashwaak River.
- The project includes 36 kilometers of new two-lane controlled access highway to bypass existing Route 8.
- There are two major interchanges at Penniac and Durham and new bridges have been constructed at Penniac Stream and Young's Brook.
- Also, 15 km of wildlife fencing is being installed and 22.3 km of new guide rail has been erected along the new transportation corridor.
- The new bypass will significantly reduce heavy truck traffic from residential areas in and around Fredericton. It will relieve traffic congestion and provide a safer and more efficient route for through traffic.
- It will save the trucking industry through reduced travel times, vehicle operating costs and reduced accident rates.
- There was a positive impact on jobs and the local economy during construction. The new highway offers long-term benefits for trade and travel and will boost the province's economic opportunities.
- Estimated Quantities: Excavation and Borrow ‑ 5,786,700 million cubic metres; Gravels/Aggregates ‑ 980,200 tonnes; Asphalt ‑ 163,300 tonnes; New Wildlife Fencing ‑ 15 kilometers; Concrete in Structures ‑ 5,300 cubic metres; Guide Rail ‑ 22.3 kilometers; Clearing ‑ 331 hectares.
SOURCE: Government of Canada
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