GLENCOE (CNB) – Construction has started on a wildlife fencing project in the Duff Lake region in northern New Brunswick.

The Department of Transportation has awarded a tender to C.N.F. Mallet ltée of Shippagan for the installation of 11.8 km of fencing on Route 11 in the Val D'Amour interchange area to Route 17. Three companies submitted bids.

Transportation Minister Denis Landry welcomed the progress made to date, with clearing finished and the contractor installing fence posts.

"We are committed to investing in highway safety at this location, which was identified by the department as a hotspot for collisions between motorists and wildlife," said Landry. "I commend the efforts of local residents and representatives in working with us to have this area fenced.”

This project, valued at $500,000, is funded through the Department of Transportation's 2010-11 capital budget.

"To date, our government has installed 324 km of wildlife fencing, surpassing the target of 300 km promised in the Charter of Change," said Landry. “By the end of this construction season, we will have another 40 km of fencing installed. As part of our wildlife management program, we have also improved visibility along our highways by cutting more than 1,200 km of brush."