HAMPTON (GNB) — The provincial government will invest more than $3 million in paving and chipseal projects in the Hampton area this year.

“For our economy to continue to grow, we need to make sure our people and goods can flow freely on our roads and bridges,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser. “Your government is committed to strategically investing in transportation infrastructure to create jobs and grow the economy.”

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure will pave a 4.6 kilometre section of Route 111, from the Base Road to the Old Gardner Creek Road. Chipseal will be applied to sections of Route 820, Bonney Road, Cort Road, Damascas Road, Hall Road, Hayward Road and Robertson Road.

Under the Municipal Designated Highway Program, the department will partner with the Town of Hampton to pave 700 metres of Main Street. The program allows municipalities to apply for funding assistance for capital upgrade projects. Funding for this 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.

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure’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.