MCADAM (GNB) — The provincial government will invest about $6 million in McAdam and Harvey areas for paving and chip seal projects this year, as part of its 2018-19 capital budget.

“To ensure our economy continues to move forward, we must maintain and improve our transportation infrastructure,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames. “Your government has continued to invest strategically in roads and highways to spur economic development, create jobs and ensure our transportation links are safe.”

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

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure will pave a 6.1-kilometre section of Route 630 from the Barber Dam Road area to Charlotte/York County Line area. The department will also pave 7.8 kilometres of Route 3 in three sections: from McCullough Road to Frog Lake area, Frog Lake Road area to Murray Road area, and Costello Road to Magaguadavic River Bridge No. 9.

A second coat of chip seal will be applied to a 3.1-kilometre section of Route 636 from Hazen Lane area toward the Harvey Village limit, and a second 3.1-kilometre section of Route 636 will also be chip sealed from the Harvey Lake area to the Harvey Village limit.

Under the Municipal Designated Highway Program, the department will fund, with the Village of McAdam, the paving of a 2-kilometre section of Route 4 from the Quality Way area to the eastern village limit. Drainage improvements will take place on Route 636 in the Lakeshore area of Harvey.

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.