SAINT JOHN - Construction jobs in the city on the One Mile House Interchange will last all winter thanks to the announcement of a $31.5-million contract from the Department of Transportation, Mayor Ivan Court said Wednesday.
Once completed, the interchange will take a large volume of truck traffic off city streets because it will provide a more direct route to the industrial parks in east Saint John, he said.
"It's important for our city infrastructure and the quality of life of our citizens," Court said. "A lot of truck traffic does go down our city streets and the cost of replacing them is tremendous."
Fundy Contractors Ltd. of St. George received the $31.5-million contract from the province this week to build the piers to support a new viaduct across the highway, Marsh Creek, the rail yard and Rothesay Avenue to connect with Bayside Drive. K-Line Construction Ltd. of Woodstock will relocate utilities, a job valued at more than $291,000.
Transportation Minister Denis Landry, Saint John MP Rodney Weston, Tourism and Parks Minister Stuart Jamieson, Saint John-Lancaster MLA Abel Leblanc and Court were at the construction site near the corner of Russell Street and Rothesay Avenue for the announcement.
"We are accelerating this important project that will help continue to stimulate the economy and create jobs," Landry said. "When it is complete, the One Mile House Interchange will improve the flow of traffic, particularly for industrial businesses in the City of Saint John."
The governments of Canada and New Brunswick are working together to improve transportation infrastructure across the province. The cost of the One Mile House Interchange is expected to be in $65-million range, including related costs such relocating utilities. The federal government will contribute up to $27.6 million toward the project, under the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund.
"Our government is investing in infrastructure projects such as the Route 1 One Mile House Interchange to boost the economy, create jobs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve safety and services to the region," Weston said. "We are working with the Province of New Brunswick to keep our economy moving through tough times, and ensure that we emerge stronger than ever."
Phase 1 of the project was completed in the spring, with Gulf Operators Ltd. of Saint John doing grading road work and soil stabilization valued at more than $3.7 million.
The third phase of the project will include a 600-metre bridge and associated ramps and roadways that will connect Highway 1 to Bayside Drive. It is expected to be complete in the fall of 2012.
Source: Published Thursday September 10th, 2009 - Telegraph Journal