The governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador have announced more than $63 million in joint funding to pave another 160 kilometres of the Trans-Labrador Highway’s gravel surface with asphalt.
This work will be done on Route 510 from 15 kilometres west of the Charlottetown intersection to Red Bay and is part of a long-term initiative to complete the widening and paving of Labrador’s only highway and main public road. Once complete, the project will encourage tourism in the area, save residents money on vehicle upkeep, increase driver safety, and allow businesses to import and export goods faster. It will also help decrease noise and dust pollution, and reduce long-term highway maintenance costs.
“The Trans-Labrador Highway project is extremely important to Labradorians,” says The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. “Our government allocated $63.7 million in our budget this year in order to leverage federal funding, ensuring the continuation of this project. Today’s announcement is an example of federal provincial cooperation at work for the betterment of Labrador.”
The total estimated cost of this project is $63,893,500, with $31,671,750 coming from the Government of Canada through the New Building Canada Fund’s Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component-National and Regional Projects, and $32,221,750 coming from the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.