FORTEAU, NL, Oct. 10, 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 to move people and products across the country, while supporting sustained economic growth and productivity for years to come.
The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador; Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Steve Crocker, Minister of Transportation and Works for Newfoundland and Labrador, today announced approximately $15.3 million in joint funding for major upgrades to Route 510 on the Trans-Labrador Highway. The federal government is contributing over $7.1 million to Route 510 through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects (PTIC-NRP), with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador contributing more than $8.1 million.
Work on Route 510 includes extensive repaving from the Quebec border to Pinware, guiderail replacement, and culvert and ditch excavation. Once completed, the project will improve overall road safety, extend the route's useful lifespan by a decade, and contribute to the long-term growth and prosperity of the surrounding communities.
This project is one of seven roadway components slated for improvement as part of the $33 million Road Rehabilitation and Resurfacing Project for Newfoundland and Labrador.
"The Trans-Labrador Highway is an integral part of Labrador's transportation network. It links communities and provides new economic opportunities. My government is committed to the completion of the Trans-Labrador Highway so that residents and visitors can travel across Labrador and explore all the opportunities that exist in the Big Land."
The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
"Important projects like the rehabilitation of Route 510 on the Trans-Labrador Highway connect people, create good paying, middle-class jobs, and contribute to local economic development. By improving the primary transportation infrastructure in Labrador Straits, we will ensure that both people and products can move quickly and safely. The Government of Canada is proud to support this project and the continued development of the Trans-Labrador Highway that will help these northern 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
- 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.
- More than $10.1 billion of this funding will support trade and transportation projects, including $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
New Building Canada Fund – Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component
National and Regional Projects: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nrp-pnr-prog-eng.html
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149, [email protected]; Michelle Cannizzaro, Office of the Premier, 709-729-3960, [email protected]; Rod Drover, Transportation and Works, 709-729-1758; 709-730-4607, [email protected]; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]