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New Brunswick commits $670 million for bridge infrastructure

By ReNew Canada 11:12AM January 10, 2018

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The Government of New Brunswick is investing $670 million in bridge restoration and construction around the province over the next five years.

“Through our multi-year economic growth plan, we are investing in infrastructure to create jobs and stimulate the economy,” said Brian Gallant, premier of New Brunswick. “Timely investments also help protect and maintain our assets, saving money in the long term by reducing the need for costly emergency repairs.”

As part of its long-term capital planning, the government has committed $670 million between now and 2021-22 for the construction, replacement and restoration of bridges. This funding includes:

  • $181.6 million for bridge replacements, including the Tetagouche River No. 1 Bridge in Bathurst, the Magaguadavic River No. 1 Bridge, the Kennebecasis River No. 6 Bridge and the Ryan Brook Bridge on Route 107;
  • $107.3 million for the restoration of bridges, such as the Reversing Falls Bridge in Saint John, the Hartland Covered Bridge, and the Nashwaak No. 2 Bridge in Fredericton;
  • $226.5 million for federal-provincial bridge projects, including the Centennial Bridge in Miramichi and the Petitcodiac Bridge;
  • $90.5 million for bridges that are part of federal-provincial highway renewal projects, such as Route 11 from Shediac River to Cocagne River and the Tait Brook on the Fundy Trail;
  • $29.6 million for pre-engineering work on bridge projects, including Anderson Bridge on Route 8 and Coles Island structures; and
  • $34.3 million for large culverts.

The government estimates that this investment will contribute about $500 million in GDP between now and 2021-22 and will support about 1,600 jobs annually.

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure’s $458.1-million capital budget reflects the government’s priority to invest strategically in its schools, hospitals, and roads. Strategic investments in infrastructure are a key component of the New Brunswick Economic Growth Plan, the government’s framework for growing the economy and creating jobs.

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