SACKVILLE (GNB) – The provincial government has selected Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, a Division of Wood Canada Ltd., as the successful proponent to conduct a feasibility study for the Chignecto Isthmus project.

The study will determine recommendations for protecting the transportation corridor within the isthmus from the impact of climate change.

“This is a crucial trade corridor between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia that supports the economies in both provinces,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Oliver. “This feasibility study will allow all parties to work together and find a solution to ensure this link remains in place.”

The isthmus is the sole land bridge connecting the two provinces and carries an estimated $50 million per day, or $20 billion annually, of trade. Climate change, specifically rising sea levels and storm surges, pose a risk to critical infrastructure within the isthmus.

The project is being cost-shared by the two provincial governments and the federal government through its National Trade Corridors Fund.