NEW MARYLAND (GNB) – The provincial government and the Village of New Maryland will jointly fund road repairs and paving this year under the Municipal Designated Highway Program.

“Your government recognizes the importance of investing in communities and infrastructure,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser. “Safe, reliable, modern infrastructure is an essential component of economic growth.”

The work includes frost heave repairs on Route 101, as well as paving along a 400-metre stretch of the same road between Baker Brook Court and MacIntosh Drive.

“Projects like this show that we are listening to New Brunswickers, making smart investments and getting things done,” said Fraser.

Under the program, municipalities apply for funding assistance for capital upgrade projects. The government received funding requests valued at more than $210 million through the program in 2016.

“This work consists of upgrades and repairs that are very much needed on the highway,” said New Maryland Mayor Judy Wilson-Shee. “We appreciate the partnership we enjoy with the provincial government and look forward to working together on this 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.

Strategic investments in infrastructure are a key component of the New Brunswick Economic Growth Plan, the government’s framework for growing the economy and creating jobs.