Since 2014, the government’s commitment to infrastructure development through the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure has been real and sustained, with investments of almost $1.5 billion. These investments support jobs and set a strong platform for economic growth, underpinning the government’s commitment to jobs and the economy. Such spending plays a significant role in the New Brunswick Economic Growth Plan, which is government’s plan to grow the economy and create job opportunities for New Brunswickers.
In 2017-18, 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 public buildings, highways and bridges that are the responsibility of the province.
This fiscal year, $224.1 million will be invested in buildings in New Brunswick. This includes:
- Investing $11 million in the Centennial Building in Fredericton and the Memramcook complex. These buildings have played significant roles in New Brunswick’s history and these investments will allow the government to secure additional tenants to ensure the viability of these assets well into the future.
- Investing approximately $20 million (a 50 per cent increase in funding) in the Energy Retrofit Program and renewable energy initiatives to ensure provincial buildings will be more energy efficient and have reduced operating costs.
More than $217 million will be invested in New Brunswick highways this year as part of the department’s capital budget. Examples include:
- Paving of 7.2 kilometres of Route 4, from Diffen Road to the McAdam village limit.
- Paving of 8.5 kilometres of Route 15, from Botsford Street to Mountain Road and St. George Street to Route 106 traffic circle.
As well, more than $76 million will be invested in bridges this year as part of the department’s capital budget, including:
- Two major bridges over the Tobique River. Extensive repairs to the Tobique River Bridge No. 1, which crosses the Tobique River dam, have been ongoing since 2016. As well, a tender has been awarded for a two-year repair of the Tobique River Bridge No. 4 in Plaster Rock.
- A new bridge has been built to replace the Little River No. 2 structure in Grand Falls.
The Government of New Brunswick is proud of the strong levels of cooperation between the province and the Government of Canada. Cost-sharing agreements with the federal government allow New Brunswick to move forward on a number of significant infrastructure projects, such as:
- The Petitcodiac River Restoration Project to establish a new permanent bridge over the Petitcodiac River connecting the Town of Riverview with the City of Moncton. The provincial and federal governments have committed $61.6 million to this final phase of the project. The development is scheduled to be completed in 2021-22.
- Investing more than $45 million in the Fundy Trail Connector Infrastructure Project to improve connections to the Fundy Trail Parkway, help create jobs and increase the number of tourists who visit New Brunswick. The provincial government is working closely with the private sector on this project, and is using accelerated methods and phasing to ensure that a connection to the eastern end of the Fundy Trail is open as soon as possible. The connector road to the Sussex region will open to traffic in late 2019, while the connector road to Fundy National Park and the Alma region will be upgraded by the end of 2020. All road surfacing and other finishing work will be done and the project completed in 2021-22.
- The $272.4-million commitment for further upgrades to Route 11 to make the road safer and more efficient. Route 11 has been a priority for successive provincial governments.
Updated: August 2017
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