HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, NL, June 14, 2017 /CNW/ - Modern and efficient roadways are crucial to encouraging and supporting economic activity, facilitating trade, and creating good paying, middle class jobs. The governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador are investing in well-planned infrastructure that will make it easier for people and products to move through the province, while supporting sustained economic growth and productivity for years to come.
The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, today announced $45.4 million to improve a section of the Trans Labrador Highway.
The project consists of the widening and paving of Route 510 from Charlottetown junction to Cartwright junction. Once complete, it will improve the quality of life for local residents, encourage tourism in the region and facilitate the movement of goods across the province.
"The Trans Labrador Highway project is extremely important to Labradorians, and is vital to the economic development of the region. Our commitment to the highway and to the people of Labrador remains steadfast. A paved highway will significantly enhance transportation in the region, and will foster the success of key industry sectors such as mining, oil and gas, construction, retail trade, information and cultural industries, and tourism."
The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
"Important projects like this one connect people, create local jobs, and contribute to economic development. By improving the region's primary public road, we will ensure that both people and products can move quickly and safely—whether it's from home to work, or from businesses to clients. The Government of Canada is proud to support this project that will help Labrador communities thrive for years to come."
Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Through long-term planning and collaboration with our federal colleagues, we are taking steps to ensure a transportation system throughout Labrador that meets the needs of citizens and supports economic development. The investment announced today builds on work this year on Route 510 from the Quebec border to Red Bay and in Forteau and upgrading and paving from Red Bay to Charlottetown Junction."
The Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Transportation and Works
"Investments in the Trans Labrador Highway are critical to the province's economy and to the quality of life of our residents. This is especially true for Labrador where our people depend on a safe highway for health services, education and employment. The TLH is an essential artery for commerce and economic development and will strengthen and support our communities."
Lisa Dempster, Member of the House of Assembly for Cartwright – L'Anse au Clair
- The Government of Canada is contributing $22.2 million through the New Building Canada Fund for this project. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is contributing $23.2 million.
- The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
- Budget 2017 proposes over $10.1 billion in trade and transportation projects across Canada. This amount includes $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
Government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017 http://www.budget.gc.ca/2017/docs/plan/chap-02-en.html#Toc477707375
Federal infrastructure investments in Newfoundland and Labrador http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/nl-eng.html
National Regional Projects Component of the New Building Canada Fund http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nrp-pnr-prog-eng.html
Five-Year Provincial Roads Plan – 2017 Edition www.tw.gov.nl.ca/TenderingandContracts/PDF/5yearplan.pdf.
The Way Forward: A Multi-Year Plan for Infrastructure Investments www.tw.gov.nl.ca/works/Infrastructureplan.pdf
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149, [email protected]; Brian Scott, Transportation and Works, 709-729-1758, 709-725-9201, [email protected]; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]