The governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador announced approximately $64.5 million in eligible funding to improve a section of the Trans Labrador Highway.
The Government of Canada is contributing up to $31.8 million to this project through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National Regional Projects. The Province of Newfoundland and Labrador will cover the remainder of project funding.
“The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of investing in transportation infrastructure such as the Trans Labrador Highway,” said Yvonne Jones, member of parliament for Labrador. “By supporting improvements to this important highway, we will help local businesses move their goods to market and foster long-term prosperity in the province for years to come.”
The project includes widening and paving 126 kilometres of road from 160 km East of Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Cartwright Junction. These improvements will not only mean safer and more efficient travel for commuters, it will also contribute to Labrador’s economic growth as the Trans Labrador Highway is the sole highway and primary public road in the region.
“Our recent commitments to improve ferry services in northern Labrador and across the Strait of Belle Isle, and our previous work on the Trans-Labrador Highway, show our commitment to an improved transportation network,” said Steve Crocker, provincial minister of transportation and works. “By working with our federal partners and leveraging funding for the Trans-Labrador Highway, we are able to continue building a modern and safe transportation network throughout Labrador.”
In addition, the communities of Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Hopedale will benefit from up to $1.8 million in joint funding through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – Small Communities Fund. Read the backgrounder for details.