FREDERICTON (CNB) – The following statement was issued today by Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claude Williams in relation to the Mackay Highway project:

After serious consideration, our government has determined that the Mackay Highway expansion project will be amended. It is part of this government's mandate to review all capital projects to reduce costs. As a result of this review, we have concluded that the proposed widening of the Mackay Highway is not necessary at this time.

We anticipate that changes to this project will save taxpayers a significant amount of money.  Department staff are working with Dexter Developer General Partnership and Dexter-Transfield Gateway Services, the companies responsible for the Route 1 Gateway Project, to finalize details of these changes.

Meanwhile, we will continue with measures that will reduce traffic congestion in this area.  Upgrades will be made to the Route 111 interchange and selected ramps along the highway to improve access and safety for motorists.