LE GOULET (GNB) — The provincial government will invest more than $4 million in paving, chip sealing, levelling and bridge repair projects in the northern part of the Acadian Peninsula this year, as part of its 2018-19 capital budget.

“These strategic investments in these communities in the Acadian Peninsula will help spur economic growth and help continue to grow a strong tourism industry in the area,” said Agriculture, Mines and Rural Affairs Minister Wilfred Roussel. “We are investing strategically in roads and highways to spur economic development and create jobs.”

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

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure will pave a 7.2-kilometre section on Route 345 from Route 113 to Route 11.

The department will chip seal sections of Route 355, des Bateaux Road, Four Roads, Carroll Road, Green Road and Green Point Road.

Under the Municipal Designated Highway Program, the department will fund a culvert replacement on Route 305 and the paving of a 1-kilometre section of Route 305 from the village limit towards des Moissons St. in Sainte-Marie-Saint-Raphaël, as well as the paving of a 1.5-kilometre section of Principale St. in Le Goulet.

“These communities are vital to the success of the region and these improvements will help encourage growth in the region for many years to come,” Roussel said.

The department will pave a 1.7-kilometre section of Route 320, from Route 11 towards Frigault Lane, where the paving project ended last year, and pave a 2-kilometre section of Route 350 in Maltempeque.

The department will chip seal sections of des Ancêtres St., des Boudreau Road, Burnsville Road, Cowans Creek Road and Haché Road and reseal a section of des Boudreau Road.

Under the Municipal Designated Highway Program, the department will fund a storm sewer replacement at 60 Route 145 in the Town of Caraquet. The department will also fund a storm sewer replacement on Route 11 in the Village of Bertrand and, in the Village of Saint-Léolin, the paving of a 1.3-kilometre section of des Boudreau Road from Route 330 to the village limit.

The Municipal Designated Highway 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.