NAPAN (GNB) – The provincial government will invest almost $4 million in paving and chip seal projects in the Baie-Sainte-Anne and St. Margarets areas this year, part of a $30-million investment in the Greater Miramichi region.

“Safe and efficient transportation infrastructure is crucial to economic development, particularly in rural New Brunswick,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser. “Rural roads keep our economy moving smoothly and I am proud to be part of a government that is committed to investing in roads and bridges.”

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure will pave 4.4 kilometres of Route 11 from the McKenzie Road area to the North Black River Road area, as well as 4.8 kilometres of Route 117 from Hortons Creek to Little Black River Bridge.

Chip seal will be applied to a five-kilometre section of Route 117 from Big Black River #2 Bridge toward Napan, and to sections of du Centre Street, Daigles Street, de l’Église Road, Greg Street, North Martin Street, South Martin Street, McIntyre Lane, du Moulin Road and North Bayview Road.

“These projects demonstrate our government’s commitment to improving transportation infrastructure in rural New Brunswick,” said Fraser.

The department’s $688.2-million capital budget reflects the government’s priority of investing strategically in its buildings, highways and bridges. Strategic investments in infrastructure are a key component of the multi-year New Brunswick Economic Growth Plan, the government’s framework for growing the economy and creating jobs.