Government funding paves the way for better mobility and economic growth in Labrador
June 28, 2016 by On-Site Magazine
The governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador announced more than $63 million in joint funding to pave another 160 kilometres of the Trans-Labrador Highway’s gravel surface with asphalt.
This work will be done on Route 510 from 15 kilometres west of the Charlottetown intersection to Red Bay and is part of a long-term initiative to complete the widening and paving of Labrador’s only highway and main public road. Once complete, the project will encourage tourism in the area, save residents money on vehicle upkeep, increase driver safety, and allow businesses to import and export goods faster. It will also help decrease noise and dust pollution, and reduce long-term highway maintenance costs.
The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, made the announcement today at the community centre in Mary’s Harbour. The Honourable Al Hawkins, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Transportation and Works, and Lisa Dempster, Deputy House Speaker and Member of the House of Assembly for Cartwright–L’Anse au Clair, also participated in the event.
“A commitment to strategic investments in infrastructure is a commitment to the growth and sustainability of communities across our great province. Such investments help our communities and our province continue to thrive. The Trans-Labrador Highway project is extremely important to Labradorians. Our government allocated $63.7 million in our budget this year in order to leverage federal funding, ensuring the continuation of this project. Today’s announcement is an example of federal provincial cooperation at work for the betterment of Labrador,” said Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The total estimated cost of this project is $63,893,500, with $31,671,750 coming from the Government of Canada through the New Building Canada Fund’s Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component–National and Regional Projects, and $32,221,750 coming from the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.