CHIPMAN (GNB) – The provincial and federal governments have announced more than $2.7 million for infrastructure projects in two rural communities.

One project will involve road improvements and construction, allowing the Village of Chipman to provide water and wastewater services to a new, publicly owned municipal housing development. The other project involves replacing an aging culvert on Route 116 at Gaspereau Creek, between Harcourt and Rexton.

“The efforts of the Village of Chipman to grow as a community are very encouraging, and our government is pleased to support its efforts,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Oliver. “We are also pleased with the federal government’s assistance in maintaining and improving our existing road infrastructure, which will lead to a safer and more reliable transportation network.”

The provincial government will contribute more than $1.2 million, while the federal government has allocated more than $1.5 million. The Village of Chipman is providing $64,740 for its project.

“Ensuring that communities across Canada have modern infrastructure is essential to building a healthy, sustainable future,” said Miramichi-Grand Lake MP Pat Finnigan. “This work to support community development and improve water infrastructure in Chipman and Weldford Parish is critical to ensuring the communities have the solid, efficient infrastructure they need to flourish now and into the future.”

Finnegan attended for federal Rural Economic Development Minister Bernadette Jordan.

Provincial funding for these projects is provided through the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure’s capital budget and through the Regional Development Corporation. Federal funding comes from the Rural and Northern Infrastructure Stream.