Office of the Premier
Route 11 twinning project aims to improve safety and support economic growth04 April 2018
SHEDIAC BRIDGE (GNB) – The provincial and federal governments are investing over $180 million to twin two sections of Route 11. The twinning of those two sections will improve safety and allow for the more efficient flow of people and goods on one of New Brunswick’s busiest highways. The next phase of construction will begin this summer, with the project anticipated to be complete in the fall of 2021.
“Your government’s multi-year economic growth plan includes investing in infrastructure to stimulate the economy and create jobs,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “Making our roads safer and more efficient will also help the economy by allowing businesses to operate more competitively.”
The next phase of the Route 11 twinning project involves the twinning of 6.8 kilometres between Shediac River and Cocagne River, and another 13.8 kilometres between Cocagne River and Little Bouctouche River. The multi-year project has an anticipated completion date of late 2021.
“The Government of Canada is proud to invest in the twinning of Route 11, which will support long-term prosperity for the region and improve the quality of life for New Brunswickers,” said Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard Minister Dominic LeBlanc. “Smart investments in infrastructure projects like this one help grow the economy, promote sustainable regional development and increase public safety on Canada’s roadways.”
LeBlanc spoke on behalf of federal Infrastructure and Communities Minister Amarjeet Sohi.
The work is part of the $272 million federal-provincial construction project which also includes an 11-kilometre two-lane controlled access bypass from Glenwood to Miramichi.
Due to growth in the southeastern region of New Brunswick, the southern section of Route 11 has experienced rising traffic levels in recent years. Route 11 provides links to Quebec, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, the rest of New Brunswick and the United States, as well as access to ports, airports and rail hubs. Route 11 is also an important commuter route.
Strategic investments in infrastructure are a key component of the multi-year New Brunswick Economic Growth Plan, the province’s framework for growing the economy and creating jobs.