The governments of Canada and New Brunswick, and the City of Fredericton announced a joint investment of more than $44.5 million to support water and active transportation infrastructure improvements in Fredericton.
This investment will enable improvements to water, storm and sanitary sewers in Fredericton, while also upgrading streets and pipes to accommodate heavier future rain falls. Work will include the replacement and upgrade of infrastructure, including water pipes and multi-use trails. These projects will improve the resilience of Fredericton’s infrastructure to mitigate the impacts of climate change and better protect residents in the case of flooding.
“Investing in water, wastewater, stormwater, and active transportation infrastructure is critical for the health of our cities and to protect our environment. Upgrading these assets in Fredericton will help our community to adapt and mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis and provide easier, safer, and more convenient active transportation infrastructure,” said Jenica Atwin, MP for Fredericton.
Additional investments will support the construction of new sidewalks and new multi-use trails, the installation of new pedestrian crossings and bike racks on Fredericton’s transit buses, as well as upgrade over 5km of multi-use trail. Once complete, Fredericton residents will have access to active transportation infrastructure that is easier to use, safer and more practical.
“The province is pleased to be making a significant investment in the city of Fredericton’s core water and wastewater infrastructure to help mitigate the risk of flooding, increase the city’s resiliency as we adapt to a changing climate, and ultimately keep residents safe during extreme weather events,” said Jill Green, Minister of Social Development, Minister responsible for the Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation and for the New Brunswick Housing Corporation.
The Government of Canada is investing is investing $9,116,198, the Government of New Brunswick is investing $19,537,500 and the City of Fredericton is contributing $10,421,302 to facilitate water infrastructure improvements.
The Government of Canada is also investing $3,256,000 and the City of Fredericton is contributing $2,170,800 to support active transportation infrastructure improvements.
“The federal and provincial government’s investments in the City of Fredericton’s water and wastewater and active transportation projects will help provide the tools we need to protect and replace our infrastructure after natural disasters occur, and keep Frederictonians moving. A vibrant active transportation system is not only good for the environment, it also makes residents more resilient in light of the ever-growing effects of climate change. On behalf of my colleagues at City Council, I want to thank the governments of Canada and New Brunswick for their contributions announced today. It’s crucial that all levels of government keep working together to improve climate resilience for communities like Fredericton and for the people who live here,” said Kate Rogers, Mayor of Fredericton.
Featured image: (L to R) Kate Rogers, Mayor of Fredericton; Jenica Atwin, MP for Fredericton; and Jill Green, Minister of Social Development. (Government of New Brunswick)