The governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador are investing in five new road projects to improve the safety of transportation infrastructure and to assist with economic recovery in those communities.
“Our top priority for roads is always safety of everyone who use them,” said Derrick Bragg, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “By resurfacing roads in Forteau, North West River, and Wabush, upgrading streets in Labrador City and widening roads in Postville for guiderails, we are making roads safer in each of these communities.”
The Government of Canada is investing more than $1.1 million in these projects through the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream (RNIS) of the Investing in Canada infrastructure program and the federal Gas Tax Fund. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is providing more than $982,000 and the municipalities are contributing more than $1.1 million.
The road improvement projects include the following:
- Forteau residents will benefit from the paving of 1.3 kilometres of gravel community roads,
- Wabush will see the reconstruction of 290 meters of roadway
- North West River will benefit from the resurfacing of Sunday Hill Road
- Labrador City will see the reconstruction of sections of Lakeside Street and Canning Street
- Postville will see road and safety upgrades to approximately 500 metres of local roads.
“The Government of Canada recognizes that rural and northern communities are critical to Canada’s well-being and economic success,” said Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development. “Ensuring they have the local infrastructure needed to be safe and successful is important. When our small communities thrive, we all benefit.”
Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.