NORTON (GNB) – The provincial government will fund the replacement of three culverts in Norton and carry out work on four kilometres of Route 124 this year under the Municipal Designated Highway Program. The projects will be jointly funded by the Village of Norton.

“The sustainability and growth of communities are made possible by modern infrastructure,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser. “To grow and develop, municipalities like Norton need strong partnerships with the provincial government.”

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.

Department of Transportation and Infrastructure crews will replace the three culverts, which are located on Marven Road, Route 121 and Upper Midland Road. They will also carry out levelling work on Route 124 to prepare the road for resealing in 2018.

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

“Modern infrastructure is key to serving the needs of the community,” said Norton Mayor Julianne Booth. “We are pleased to have secured funding from our provincial partners for this important project.”

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.