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Newfoundland 

Paving on Lewin Parkway to Continue this Construction Season

Paving on two sections of the Lewin Parkway in Corner Brook will begin this construction season.

A two-year contract valued at $2.96 million was awarded to Marine Contractors in 2021 to pave sections of the parkway between:

  • The Trans-Canada Highway and the St. Marks Avenue intersection; and
  • Main Street and west of the intersection with Curling Street.

Other work in the contract, which included upgrades to road side ditching and a culvert replacement near the St. Marks Avenue intersection, was completed in 2021.

This year’s work concludes paving of the full length of the Lewin Parkway. Other recent work on the Lewin Parkway includes paving between:

  • Mark’s Avenue and Main Street in 2020;
  • Pinksen Memorial Drive and O’Connell Drive in 2019; and
  • O’Connell Drive and west of the intersection with Curling Street in 2017.

When work begins again this year, motorists should watch for traffic control and lane closures while paving is ongoing, and consider using alternate routes.

“The Lewin Parkway is a busy route for anyone travelling from the Trans-Canada Highway to their homes and businesses in Corner Brook and down into the Bay of Islands. We’re excited to see another contract awarded for a safer and more comfortable drive on the parkway from the Murphy Square area on one end to the site of the new hospital at the other,” said the Honourable Elvis Loveless, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Information on tenders issued and awarded by the department and other public bodies is available by visiting www.merx.com/govnl.

Information on active highway construction projects and repairs is also available by visiting nl511.ca and on the NL 511 mobile app.

New Brunswick

Roundabout to be built at intersection of Brookside Drive and Route 105 in Fredericton

A new roundabout will be built this year in Fredericton between Brookside Drive and Route 105.

“This project has been in the works for many years, and I am pleased our government is moving forward with it,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Jill Green. “With an average of 15,000 vehicles accessing the Route 105 – Brookside Drive intersection daily, this roundabout will provide full access to the commercial and retail area along Brookside Drive and linking streets.”

Roundabouts are designed to improve safety and traffic flow, reduce travel delays, congestion, queueing and idling.

Construction of the $4.6 million roundabout is scheduled to begin in June with a projected opening date in November.

More information about the new roundabout is available online.

Nova Scotia

Province Releases 2022-23 Five-Year Highway Plan

Nova Scotia will invest nearly $500 million in capital spending on its highways, bridges and roads in 2022-23.

The Five-Year Highway Improvement Plan includes more than 150 major construction and improvement projects for the coming year that will make Nova Scotia’s roads, highways and bridges safer.

“Transportation is critical to ensure safe and connected communities and that’s why we are making one of the largest investments in Nova Scotia’s infrastructure in provincial history,” said Public Works Minister Kim Masland. “The plan annualizes the additional $20 million in support for gravel roads we announced last fall.”

Ten major construction projects are planned for 2022-23 with the focus on ongoing twinning of Highways 101, 103, 104 and 107, as well as the Aerotech Connector on Highway 102, the Bridgewater interchange on Highway 103 and continued work to convert the Port Hastings rotary to a roundabout.

The 2022-23 plan includes the construction of 12 new bridges and the replacement of 18 bridges.

Prince Edward Island

New roundabout in Stratford planned for 2022 construction season

A new dual lane roundabout on the Trans-Canada Highway in Stratford will be built to increase connectivity and reduce traffic congestion for residents.

The project will include a dual lane roundabout and concrete centre median on the Trans-Canada Highway between Stratford Road and Kinlock Road, a connecting street to MacKinnon Drive, and an active transportation trail. 

“As the Town of Stratford and surrounding area continues to grow, including plans for a new Stratford high school and community campus, it is important that we have modern infrastructure to support that growth. These highway improvements are an investment in our communities and the safety of our people.”

– Transportation and Infrastructure Minister James Aylward

This project is part of the Province of Prince Edward’s Islands $190 million five-year capital plan for road and bridge infrastructure in the 2022-2023 Capital Budget

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