BELLEDUNE (GNB) – The provincial government will invest about $5 million in paving, grading, chip sealing and wildlife management projects in the Restigouche and Chaleur regions this year, as part of its 2018-19 capital budget.

“These strategic investments will help maintain our roads and keep them safe,” said Restigouche-Chaleur MLA Daniel Guitard. “Your government knows that improving our roads and highways will not only create jobs, but help spur economic development in our region.”

Guitard attended for Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser.

The department will pave a 1.7-kilometre section of Turgeon Road, from the railway crossing to the Route 11 interchange, and a 300-metre section of Route 315 between LaPlante Road and the Route 11 interchange.

Five kilometres of wildlife fencing will be installed on Route 11 from the Turgeon Road to the Belledune River wildlife fence.

The department will chip seal, reseal and add a second coat of chip seal to sections of Dauversière Road, Friar Tuck Road, Gravel Hill Road West, Haggerty Road, LaPlante Road North, Lillian Road, Little John Road, Longbow Road, MacKay Road, Madisco Road, Maid Marion Road, Margaret Road, Robin Hood Road, Sheryl Road and Petrie Road. It will also do grading work on the North Tetagouche Road.

Under the Municipal Designated Highway Program, the government and the Village of Petit-Rocher will fund the installation of a storm sewer at 97 Rte. 315 (LaPlante Street West). The government and the Village of Belledune will fund paving and storm sewer installation on a 600-metre section of Route 134 (Principale Street) from Brideau Lane to the railway crossing and from Jacket River toward Noel Road. The government and the Village of Pointe-Verte will fund the installation of a storm sewer on a 1.1-kilometre section of Route 134 (Principale Street) from Guitard Brook to de la Carrière Street.

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 government’s framework for growing the economy and creating jobs.