MONCTON (GNB) – The provincial government will invest about $37 million in roadwork in the Greater Moncton area as part of its 2018-19 capital budget.

“These strategic investments will greatly benefit the Greater Moncton area by making traffic flow much more efficient and our roads safer,” said Finance Minister Cathy Rogers. “One of your government’s top priorities is road safety, and these investments show we are listening.”

Rogers spoke on behalf of Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser.

Investments in the region also include work on the Petitcodiac River Bridge and the Harrisville Boulevard interchange.

Repairs on the Jonathan Creek No. 4 Bridge will continue this summer. There will also be paving on 4.4 kilometres of Pine Glen Road between the Gravel Road area and the Dawson Road area, as well as on a 2.4-kilometre section of Route 128 (Berry Mills Road) between Horseman Road and Killam Drive.

Chip seal will be applied on sections of McBriety Road, New Scotland Road, Victoria Road, Anabelle Crescent, Balsam Drive, Fiddler’s Green Drive, Stelor Drive, Wichita Drive, Wintergreen Drive, Route 895, Route 910, Ayles Road, Bannister Road, Dawson Road, Hillside Road, Memel Road, Niagara Road, Osprey Road and Prosser Brook Road.

Through the Municipal Designated Highway Program, the government and the City of Moncton will fund micro-surfacing on a 1.2-kilometre section of Assomption Boulevard between Vaughan Harvey Boulevard and Westmorland Street, 1.1 kilometres of Route 134 from Halls Creek to the city limits, 200 metres of Route 106 between Bendview Street and Mechanic Street, 1.1 kilometres of Route 106 from Wheeler Boulevard to civic address 235, and one kilometre of Route 134 between Lewisville Road and Vista Street, as well as 900 metres of paving on Route 126 from Woodhaven Court to the Route 2 ramp.

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.