Road work, infrastructure improvements slated for Trinity- Bay de Verde
Communities in Trinity-Bay de Verde will see road and infrastructure improvements this construction season.
The Department of Transportation and Works has issued a tender, which includes work on the Heart’s Contents Barrens, on sections of Route 70 between Perry’s Cove and Salmon Cove, and between Burnt Point and Gull Island. Culverts will be installed at Halfway Brook in Winterton, and Back Road and Grates Cove Road in Grates Cove.
“I ... look forward to the completion of the work in this region,” said Trinity-Bay de Verde MHA Charlene Johnson, in a news release.
“A strong transportation network helps reinforce every a spe c t o f o u r communities, from commerce and tourism to t h e e v e r yd ay travels of our residents.
“As part of this (infrastructure investment) strategy, we are investing in the transportation system in every corner of this province, to the benefit of those who drive our roads and highways every day,” added Transportation and Works Minister Tom Hedderson.
This year’s provincial budget provides $216.4 million for road and bridge improvements, supplemented by an additional $35.2 million in federal government money for a total investment in 2011-12 of $251.6 million.
Communities in Trinity-Bay de Verde will also receive over $1.7 million for municipal infrastructure projects through the 2011 municipal capital works program.
Government will use taxpayers’ money to extend water service to residents of Salmon Cove currently not receiving service from the town.
Both Heart’s Content and Heart’s Delight-Islington will receive support to replace sewage lift stations. New Perlican will upgrade and pave Harbour Road. Whiteway will receive money to complete a water and sewer project. Old Perlican will receive money to conduct work on its damaged seawall.
“ The inclusion of substantial water service projects ... is a great benefit to residents of the area,” said Johnson.
“All of these projects will have a major impact in our communities, and enhance the infrastructure for both residents and visitors to our historic communities for many years to come.”
“ The projects funded will improve water services to many communities,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Kevin O’Brien.
This year’s provincial budget includes $140.8 million for new and ongoing municipal infrastructure projects. When combined with federal cost-shared programs and municipal contributions, this year’s total investment is expected to be approximately $219 million.