ST. STEPHEN (GNB) – The provincial government will invest more than $6.6 million in road improvements in parts of Charlotte and York counties this year as part of its 2018-19 capital budget.

“Your government understands that these are significant upgrade projects and transportation links for the people of St. Stephen,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames. “We recognize that safe, reliable, modern infrastructure is essential to economic growth.”

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

The government will apply chip seal to sections of routes 760 and 770, Board Road, Boyd Road, McAleenan Cross Road and Upper Tower Hill Road.

A 2.6-kilometre section of Old Bay Road, from Route 170 to Ledge Road, will be paved.

Under the Municipal Designated Highway Program, the government and the Town of St. Stephen will fund storm sewer improvements and curb replacement on a 300-metre section of Route 170 between Pleasant Street and the customs office.

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.