DAILY NEWS Dec 2, 2013 10:09 AM - 0 comments

Newly completed Saint John Harbour Bridge to "strengthen Atlantic Gateway"

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SAINT JOHN, N.B.-- The newly completed Saint John Harbour Bridge in New Brunswick is being hailed as an example of cooperation in building a stronger Atlantic Gateway.  

“A safe and reliable bridge that helps connect to the region's busiest Canada-United States border crossing will strengthen the Atlantic Gateway, providing benefits to the transportation industry and other regional businesses, which helps create jobs over the long term,” said Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John. “Investments like this by the Government of Canada help our economy remain strong and competitive.”

“The Saint John Harbour Bridge serves as a major transportation link for the province and the port city,” said the Honourable Claude Williams, New Brunswick Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “The rehabilitation of this important strategic infrastructure will support and promote economic growth and development in the port city for many years to come, while also providing an improved and upgraded bridge crossing for the travelling public. It is another example of how we are working together with our partners to rebuild New Brunswick for a stronger economy and a stronger future.”

The Saint John Harbour Bridge consisted of rehabilitating the bridge deck, installing a new median, new barrier walls, new lighting and drainage systems, and finally, paving and line-painting the bridge road. The project also included the removal of the toll booths and other toll related infrastructure, as well as a reconfiguration to the Route 1 highway lanes at the west end of the bridge. These upgrades improve safety and lengthen the lifespan of the structure, while the removal of tolls speeds up both commuting time and the flow of goods and services through the city and region, said a release.

The Saint John Harbour Bridge is part of a key interprovincial and international corridor linking the region’s busiest border crossing to the United States with southern New Brunswick and the other Atlantic Canadian provinces. Situated at the mouth of the Saint John River, the bridge has approximately 27,500 vehicles crossing it daily, making the Saint John Harbour Bridge an essential commercial and commuting link in the region.

The $40-million project was jointly funded by the governments of Canada and New Brunswick. The Government of Canada contributed $17.5 million from the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund. The Province of New Brunswick is contributing the remaining funds.

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