John G. Abbott, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, addressed the Heavy Civil Association of Newfoundland and Labrador and provided an overview of the significant road work awarded this past season, as a result of the $225-million investment for highway and road construction announced in 2023-24.

Approximately 80 tenders for road work were awarded for projects such as culvert replacement, bridge repairs and replacement, and approximately 565 kilometres of paving, in the Provincial Government’s continued efforts to modernize road infrastructure and connect communities across Newfoundland and Labrador.

“All throughout our province, we continue our focus on road construction work that modernizes our roadways and highways and is critical to ensuring the safety of the travelling public. We made significant progress this past season, with tenders being awarded earlier than ever. Our unprecedented investment of $1.4 billion over five years will again allow for a number of road construction projects in the 2024-25 season that will greatly benefit our towns and communities.” said John G. Abbott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Some project highlights from the 2023 season include:

  • Completion of the Shoal Harbour River Bridge.
  • Culvert replacement on Peacekeeper’s Way at Kelligrews River.
  • Galway Interchange on the Trans-Canada Highway.
  • Pitts Memorial Drive/CN Viaduct Improvements.
  • Rehabilitation of Pinware River Bridge in Labrador.
  • Culvert replacement on the Trans-Canada Highway between Corner Brook and Pasadena.
  • Replacement of Romaine’s River Bridge on Route 460.

The Provincial Government is currently finalizing the roads plan for the 2024-25 construction season.

In 2023, the Provincial Government announced a historic investment of nearly $1.4 billion to improve highway and road transportation infrastructure over five construction seasons. This is the largest provincial investment in highway and road infrastructure over a five-year period in the province’s history.

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Featured image: Construction of the Shoal Harbour Causeway Bridge replacement is completed. (Town of Clarenville)

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