NEW MARYLAND (GNB) – The provincial government is investing $150,000 in an infrastructure improvement project in New Maryland to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

The project involves installing planters, benches and solar-powered lighting along the sidewalk of Route 101.

“New Brunswickers are proud of who they are and where they come from,” said deputy premier Stephen Horsman. “Our investment in the New Maryland project will enrich the New Maryland area while celebrating the birth of our nation.”

Horsman spoke on behalf of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault, who is also the minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation.

“We are appreciative of the opportunity to participate in the municipal development program to commemorate Canada 150 and look forward to the completion of our project,” said New Maryland Mayor Judy Wilson-Shee. “Our project will create a charming and welcoming focal point for our village and community through the installation of solar-powered lighting, planters and benches along our highway sidewalk, which is the main thoroughfare that connects businesses and subdivisions along the highway.”

Funding is provided under the Program for Municipal Development to Commemorate Canada’s 150th Anniversary. Municipalities with populations of more than 4,000 and less than 25,000 were eligible to apply for funding of up to $150,000 for beautification projects to contribute to a vibrant and attractive downtown and to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary.