SHEDIAC (GNB) – The provincial government and the Town of Shediac are partnering to build two ramps that will connect Route 15 and Chesley Street.

Construction has already begun and is expected to be complete in September. The project will provide a more direct route from Route 15 to the downtown core, and also to residential areas south of Main Street.

“Strategic investments in transportation infrastructure are crucial for keeping this province moving forward,” said Shediac-Beaubassin-Cap-Pelé MLA Victor Boudreau. “Keeping the effective flow of goods, services and tourists through the municipality will help the region continue to grow.”

Boudreau attended for Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser.

Route 15 is a trade corridor for several industries in the province. This project is expected to ease traffic congestion on Main Street and also create opportunities for development on the south side of Route 15.

The government and the Town of Shediac will share the estimated $2-million cost of the project evenly.

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 moving the economy forward.