Widening Topsail Road will make travel safer and faster for thousands of residents in Paradise

PARADISE, NL, May 26, 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 province, while supporting sustained economic growth and productivity for years to come.

Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Newfoundland and Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Dale Kirby, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development and His Worship Dan Bobbett, Mayor of the Town of Paradise today announced combined funding of more than $4.8 million to widen Topsail Road (Route 60).

Topsail Road is an important route connecting the communities of Conception Bay South and Mount Pearl through the Town of Paradise with average daily traffic of 13,500 vehicles. This project will see it widened from two to four lanes between Christopher Street and St. Thomas Line. Once completed, these upgrades will improve driving conditions and reduce congestion. The construction of a new sidewalk will also provide a safer route for school-aged children coming to and from school and for pedestrians heading to the local walking trail.

The Government of Canada is contributing up to $1,350,209 to this project. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is contributing $1,485,230 and the Town of Paradise will provide the remaining contribution for this project.

"Strategic investments in transportation infrastructure help address congestion and safety issues along vital road and highway corridors, and around transportation hubs and ports. The Government of Canada is glad to invest in projects like the widening of Topsail Road which will help people move in and through the Town of Paradise while improving the safety of commercial drivers, motorists and pedestrians alike."

Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Newfoundland and Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"Our government continues to collaborate with the Federal Government to fund projects that strengthen key provincial infrastructure, including the roads that commercial and commuter traffic use every day. Strengthening Federal-Provincial collaboration was a focus of The Way Forward vision, because it enables our government to pursue better outcomes from our investments, which in turn positively affects quality of life for residents in communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador."

The Honourable Eddie Joyce, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment

"Transportation remains a top priority for the Town of Paradise. Over the past number of years, the Town has made significant investments to develop, enhance, and improve our road infrastructure, particularly the widening of Topsail Road. The investments from both the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador are welcome contributions to help us complete the final phase of the Topsail Road widening project, which will significantly improve our Town's road and transportation network."

His Worship Dan Bobbett, Mayor of the Town of Paradise

Quick facts

  • 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 proposed over $10 billion over 11 years in trade and transportation projects across Canada.

Associated links

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/index-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

Town of Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador: http://www.paradise.ca/en/index.aspx

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SOURCE Infrastructure Canada

For further information: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149, Brook.Simpson@canada.ca; Lynn Robinson, Media Relations Manager, Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment, 709-729-5449, 709-691-9466, lynnrobinson@gov.nl.ca; Diane Keough, B.Comm (Co-op), BPR, Communications Manager, 709-782-2603, 709-769-4212, dkeough@townofparadise.ca; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, media@infc.gc.ca


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