SHEDIAC (GNB) – The newly twinned section of Route 11, between Route 15 and Shediac River, officially opened to traffic today.

“Your government is committed to investing in strategic infrastructure renewal to improve the safety and efficiency of our transportation network,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser. “Route 11 is an important trade corridor in the eastern part of New Brunswick. This upgrade will support economic development in the region.”

The federal and provincial governments invested a total of $64.8 million in the project. The 6.8-kilometre, four-lane controlled access highway bypass includes a new interchange, as well as a new grade separation and modifications to three existing interchanges.

Reconfiguration of the Route 15/Route 132 interchange in Scoudouc to a diamond interchange will take place in 2018.

“The Government of Canada recognizes that strategic investments in transportation infrastructure help improve traffic flow along vital highway corridors,” said Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard Minister Dominic LeBlanc. “This important Route 11 improvement project will allow Shediac residents to spend less time on the road and more time with their families. It will also make it easier for businesses to get their goods to market.”

LeBlanc spoke on behalf of Infrastructure and Communities Minister Amarjeet Sohi.

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