GRAND BAY-WESTFIELD (GNB) – The provincial government will invest more than $1.1 million in the Grand Bay-Westfield area for culvert replacements, chip seal and highway construction as part of its 2018-19 capital budget.

“Our transportation infrastructure is a key asset to help grow the economy and create growth,” said Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet. “Your government has invested strategically in roads, bridges and highways and it shows that we are listening to New Brunswickers.”

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

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure will chip seal sections of Route 875, Dickie Mountain Road from Route 855 to Norton village limits, a 5.3-kilometre section of Hill Road from Perry Point Road to Ketchum Road, a 2.8-kilometre section of Ketchum Road from Hill Road to Norton Shore Road and a 1.8-kilometre section of Peters Hill Road from Route 845 to Ganong Road.

Under the Municipal Designated Highway Program, the department will fund, with the Town of Grand Bay-Westfield, the replacement of a cross culvert on Route 177 at 690 Nerepis Rd. and the construction of a storm sewer from 686 to 690 Route 177. Also under the program, the department will fund, with the Village of Norton, a culvert replacement near 42 Rte. 124, a 2.5-kilometre levelling from 950 Rte. 124 to the village limit and a four-kilometre levelling and reseal from Route 121 to 950 Rte. 124.

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