SAINT-JOSEPH-DE-MADAWASKA (GNB) – The provincial and federal governments will invest a combined $1.25 million to replace culverts on the Titus Road and Deuxième Sault Road.

“We are pleased to be teaming up with our federal counterparts in Ottawa to mitigate the risks of any future flooding on the Titus Road,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Oliver. “This area is important for residents, several businesses and the agricultural sector. It is important to ensure our transportation links are safe for locals and tourists alike.”

“Making sure that communities across Canada have modern water infrastructure that protects communities against flooding is essential to building a healthy, sustainable future,” said Madawaska-Restigouche MP Rene Arsenault. “This project will benefit Edmundston residents by mitigating the risk of flooding on Titus Road, keeping people safe, and reducing future economic loss in the community.”

Arsenault attended for federal Rural Economic Development Minister Bernadette Jordan.

The size and quantity of water culverts will be increased and the project will also include constructing an artificial embankment and installing a small plunge pool in the nearby stream to mitigate the risk of culvert overflow and flooding on Titus Road.

Once the project is complete, residents and area businesses will benefit from safer more reliable roads and will be protected against disruptions due to flooding caused by severe rain and weather events.

Provincial funding is provided through the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure’s $493-million capital budget, while federal funding comes from the Rural and Northern Infrastructure Communities Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan.

The provincial government is contributing $670,000 while the federal government is investing $580,000.