The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island announced a combined investment of more than $21.4 million for four road improvement projects that will extend the life of local roads and help connect the communities.

“Communities like ours rely on roads and highways to boost the economy. This funding will improve roadways, contribute to the growth of the Island’s economy, and ensure stronger, more resilient communities for years to come,” said Heath MacDonald, MP for Malpeque.

The projects in Kings County, Queens County and Prince County consist of upgrades to approximately 149 kilometres of roads. Work will include asphalt resurfacing to smooth out the roads quality and support the needs of growing communities. This investment will provide better roadways to farms, fishing harbours, processing plants, tourist destinations and rural communities that contribute to the economic success of the province.

“PEI’s roads provide an invaluable social and economic connection for our residents, rural communities, and economy. Investment in these roadways will create local jobs for Islanders and improve the safe and efficient movement of people and goods and services our communities need,” said Ernie Hudson, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

The Abegweit First Nation Route 2 Highway Upgrades project consists of upgrades and support infrastructure along Route 2, with a reduced speed limit to encourage lower vehicle speeds that will enhance safety for pedestrians and cyclists within the community.

“Highway improvements pave the way for progress, connecting people, businesses, and communities. The upgrades to the Route 2 Highway, a highway that bisects our Scotchfort reserve, will allow people to feel safe travelling to and through our community and support our economic growth for years to come,” said Roderick W. Gould Jr., Chief of Abegweit First Nation.

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The federal government is investing $10,745,881 through the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Prince Edward Island is investing $10,745,881.

Featured image: (Government of Prince Edward Island)

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