The Government of New Brunswick has announced that the construction phase of the Coles Island Bridge replacement project will begin in the coming days.

“Replacing the Coles Island Bridges is critical to ensuring the safety of Route 10, one of New Brunswick’s strategic resource corridors,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Oliver. “This project will also contribute to our action on climate change. New structures will allow for increased truck payloads, resulting in fewer trips and a reduction of GHG emissions.”

Work during this construction season will consist of the preparation of two detour bridges to take the traffic off the existing bridges. This will allow work to begin on removing the current structures and the construction of replacement bridges in future years.

The detour bridges will be completed in 2020, while construction of the replacement bridges is expected to take up to three years to complete.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $45 million. The federal government will fund up to $22,062,000 through the National Trade Corridors Fund and the provincial government will fund $22,800,000.

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