Together the province of New Brunswick and the federal governments are investing nearly $45 million over the next four years to replace two aging bridges in south-central New Brunswick located on an important trade corridor.
Preliminary planning is underway for the replacement of the Coles Island north and south bridges, which are currently reduced to one lane of traffic.
The two bridges will be removed and replaced with new structures that can accommodate two lanes of traffic and will meet forestry industry standards for vehicle weights and increase the fluidity of trade at this transportation corridor.
“Strategic investments in transportation infrastructure are crucial to fostering an environment of economic growth and are an important component of our multi-year economic growth plan,” said Premier Brian Gallant in a media release.
Preliminary design work is underway. An engineering survey has been completed and geotechnical data has been collected. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2019 and is expected to take two to three years to complete.
The total cost of the project is estimated at $45 million. The federal government will fund up to $22.062 million through the National Trade Corridors Fund and the provincial government will fund $22.8 million.