HILLSBOROUGH (GNB) – The provincial government will fund drainage work and paving on Route 114 this year under the Municipal Designated Highway Program.

In Hillsborough, there will be drainage work near Pound Hill and in Alma, 1.2 kilometres will be paved.

“Projects like this help sustain and grow communities,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser. “Our municipalities depend upon strong partnerships with the provincial government to improve and modernize their transportation infrastructure.”

Under the program, municipalities apply for funding assistance for capital upgrade projects. The government received more than $210 million in funding requests through the program in 2016.

“Our government understands the importance of investing in communities,” said Fraser. “We are listening to our municipal partners and getting things done.”

“Route 114 is a vital tourism route in the Fundy region,” said Alma Mayor Kirstin H. Shortt. “This funding will allow our communities to maintain an important piece of infrastructure.”

The province’s $775.6-million capital budget, which includes the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure’s capital budget of $638.5 million, reflects the government’s priority to support its buildings, highways and bridges.

Funding for the Municipal Designated Highway Program has more than doubled since the 2014-15 fiscal year, increasing to $25 million in 2015. It has remained at that level as part of a government commitment to sustain funding for municipalities.