Road work, in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments slated for Trin­ity- Bay de Verde

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

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.

In­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments

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.

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