DORCHESTER (GNB) – The provincial government will invest almost $9 million in roadwork in the province’s southeast region this year as part of its 2018-19 capital budget.

“To keep the effective flow of people, goods and services, your government is investing strategically in roads, highways and bridges,” said Memramcook-Tantramar MLA Bernard LeBlanc. “One of your government’s top priorities is road safety, and these investments show we are listening.”

LeBlanc attended for Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser.

Under the Municipal Designated Highway Program, the government and the Village of Dorchester will fund storm sewer, curb and gutter work, as well as paving on a 500-metre section of Main Street between Harrop Avenue and Water Street. Under the same program, the government and the Town of Sackville will fund reconstruction of a 300-metre section of Main Street from Union Street to Queens Road. The Village of Memramcook is joining the government in funding the paving of 3.4 kilometres of Route 925 between the Belliveau Creek area and Centrale Street.

The program allows municipalities to apply for funding assistance for capital upgrade projects. 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.

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