SAINT-LOUIS DE KENT (GNB) – The provincial government will invest more than $6 million in paving and chip seal work in the Kent region this year as part of its 2018-19 capital budget.

“Your government is investing strategically in roads to ensure a better flow of people and goods,” said Kent North MLA Bertrand LeBlanc. “These investments are essential for economic development and the growth of the region.”

LeBlanc commented for Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser.

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure will pave a 5.5-kilometre section of Route 11 from the hydro line area to the Saint-Charles River Bridge; a three-kilometre section of Route 11 from the Laketon Road area to the northern limit of Northumberland County; a 2.6-kilometre section of Route 134 from the Saint-Louis de Kent village limit to Route 117; and a 1.4-kilometre section of Route 505 from Route 475 to Côte-Sainte-Anne Road. The department will also fund micro-surfacing on a 200-metre section of Route 11 from Saint-Pierre Road to Grattan Road.

Sections of the following roads will also be chip sealed: Route 440, Johnson Street, Route 480, Route 490, Branche du Nord Road, Richard Village Road, Saint-Ignace Road and Saint-Pierre Road.

Under the Municipal Designated Highway Program, the government will fund the paving of a 600-metre section of Route 505 (Centennial Avenue) from the eastern limit of the village of Rexton to Route 134 (Main Street). The department will also fund the installation of storm sewers on Route 134 (Principale Street) in Saint-Louis de Kent from Saint-Olivier Road to the village limit.

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.