CHIPMAN (GNB) – The provincial government will invest about $6.8 million in paving, chip seal and culvert repairs in the Chipman and Minto areas this year, part of a $30 million investment in the Greater Fredericton region.

“Getting people and goods where they need to go, safely and efficiently, is crucial to economic growth and job creation,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser. “Your government recognizes the link between better roads and economic development and we have committed to making the strategic investments needed to improve our infrastructure and keep the economy moving forward.”

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure will pave 5.8 kilometres of Route 105, from the Sheffield/Maugerville parish line to the Church Road, 5.4 kilometres of Route 10, from the Fredericton city limits to Balsam Avenue, 1.8 kilometres of Redbank Drive, from Maple Street to the Chipman village limit, and 1.2 kilometres of Route 10, from Northside Drive to the Minto village limit. Work will also continue on the Fisher Brook Culvert No. 1.

Chip seal will be applied on sections of Route 116, Route 690, Booth Road, Red Bank Road, Ridge Road, Scotchtown Road and Tibbits Road.

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 province’s framework for growing the economy and creating jobs.