Residents of Western Newfoundland and Labrador to benefit from better, safer roads

From: Infrastructure Canada

Residents of Western Newfoundland and Labrador to benefit from better, safer roads

News release

Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, December 20, 2018—The governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador recognize that strategic investments in modern and efficient roadways are crucial to encouraging and supporting economic activity, facilitating trade, and creating well-paying, middle class jobs.

Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; John Finn, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Community Services, Newfoundland and Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Graham Letto, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment; and Tom Rose, Mayor of the town of Stephenville, today announced more than $426,000 in joint support for two road improvement projects in Western Newfoundland and Labrador.

Work includes improving high-traffic roads in Rose Blanche-Harbour le Cou to provide safer and smoother driving conditions. The Town of Stephenville will benefit from new traffic lights at the intersection of Queen Street, Minnesota Drive, and Prince Rupert Drive.

These improvements not only mean safer roads, fewer accidents and reduced traffic congestion, but they also support the continued economic growth of the region and the efficient transportation of goods across the province.

“Strategic investments in transportation infrastructure help improve regional roads and highways and increase public safety. These road upgrades mean that families are better able to travel safely to and from work, school and other activities, improving the quality of life for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. Our government is proud to be making important infrastructure investments in Rose Blanche-Harbour le Cou and Stephenville.”

Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Improvements to municipal road infrastructure allow residents and visitors to access important services. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is making significant investments in municipal infrastructure projects. We are leveraging available federal funding to drive economic development and build communities where people want to live and work.”

Hon. Graham Letto, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment

“On behalf of the Stephenville Town Council, we are very pleased with the federal and provincial governments’ continued support of infrastructure cost sharing for our town. In particular to MP Gudie Hutchings for champion this project. This investment adds to a heightened level of safety for our Town.”

Tom Rose, Mayor of the Town of Stephenville

Quick facts

  • The governments of Canada, and Newfoundland and Labrador are each contributing $24,938 towards the Rose Blanche-Harbour Le Cou project. The municipality is contributing $49,876.

  • The governments of Canada, and Newfoundland and Labrador are each contributing $81,615 towards the Town of Stephenville project. The municipality is contributing $163,231.

  • Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan the Government of Canada is investing 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.

  • These investments complement the Atlantic Growth Strategy, a federal-provincial action plan aimed at stimulating economic growth in the region through five priority areas:

    • Skilled workforce/Immigration;
    • Innovation;
    • Clean growth and climate change;
    • Trade and investment;
    • Infrastructure.

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