Office of the Premier
REVISED / Investment in bridge infrastructure10 January 2018
FREDERICTON (GNB) – The government is investing $670 million in bridge restoration and construction around the province over the next five years.
“Through our multi-year economic growth plan, we are investing in infrastructure to create jobs and stimulate the economy,” said Premier Brian Gallant.
In 2013, the auditor general said that regular maintenance on any type of capital asset is important for getting the most out of its useful life and reduces the need for more extensive work at a later time. Bridge investments totalled $40.3 million in 2014 compared to $94.2 million budgeted for 2018-19.
“Timely investments also help protect and maintain our assets, saving money in the long term by reducing the need for costly emergency repairs,” said Gallant.
As part of its long-term capital planning, the government has committed $670 million between now and 2021-22 for the construction, replacement and restoration of bridges. This funding includes:
- $181.6 million for bridge replacements, including the Tetagouche River No. 2 Bridge in Bathurst, the Magaguadavic River No. 1 Bridge, the Kennebecasis River No. 6 Bridge and the Ryan Brook Bridge on Route 107.
- $107.3 million for the restoration of bridges, such as the Reversing Falls Bridge in Saint John, the Hartland Covered Bridge, and the Nashwaak No. 2 Bridge in Fredericton.
- $226.5 million for federal-provincial bridge projects, including the Centennial Bridge in Miramichi and the Petitcodiac Bridge.
- $90.5 million for bridges that are part of federal-provincial highway renewal projects, such as Route 11 from Shediac River to Cocagne River and the Tait Brook on the Fundy Trail.
- $29.6 million for pre-engineering work on bridge projects, including Anderson Bridge on Route 8 and Coles Island structures.
- $34.3 million for large culverts.
The government estimates that this investment will contribute about $500 million in GDP between now and 2021-22 and will support about 1,600 jobs annually.
The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure’s $458.1-million capital budget reflects the government’s priority to invest strategically in its schools, hospitals and roads. Strategic investments in infrastructure are a key component of the New Brunswick Economic Growth Plan, the government’s framework for growing the economy and creating jobs.