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Governments of Canada, and Newfoundland and Labrador improve safety and shorten travel times on Trans Labrador Highway


June 26th, 2018

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, NLJune 25, 2018 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada, and Newfoundland and Labrador recognize that modern and efficient roadways are crucial to encouraging and supporting economic activity, facilitating trade, and creating well-paying, middle class jobs.

Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, today 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 Labradorwill cover the remainder of project funding.

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.

In addition, the communities of Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Hopedalewill benefit from up to $1.8 million in joint funding through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – Small Communities Fund. Read the backgrounder for details.

Quotes

"The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of investing in transportation infrastructure such as the Trans Labrador Highway to help grow the middle class, promote sustainable development and increase public safety. 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."

Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"Growing up in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, I know just how important the Trans-Labrador Highway is to Labrador. It is an essential roadway that connects families, allows Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to travel to and from work, and brings great economic opportunity to the region. The improvements being made to Route 510 will shorten travel times and reduce congestion in highly travelled areas. By pooling our resources, we're making the necessary investments that will keep travelers safe and enable continued economic growth."

The Honourable Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

"Improving transportation in Labrador is a top priority for my government, as it links communities and businesses spread across a vast area, and provides residents with access to important services. Our recent investments in Labrador are helping industries such as mining, oil and gas, construction, retail trade, information and cultural industries, and tourism. Improvements to the Trans-Labrador Highway will help these industries flourish."

The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

"Our recent commitments to improve ferry services in northern Labradorand across the Strait of Belle Isle and our previous work on the Trans-Labrador Highway show our commitment to an improved transportation network. 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."

The Honourable Steve Crocker, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Transportation and Works

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada will invest 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.
  • More than $10.1 billion of this funding will support trade and transportation projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

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Posted on June 26th, 2018