Municipal leaders want economic impact study for new Janeville-to-Bertrand highway

Municipal leaders in Northeast New Brunswick want a study done on the economic impact a highway between Janeville and Bertrand would have on the region.

What would be a nearly $50 million project has been on the minds of politicians in both the Chaleur and Acadian Peninsula regions for a few years now.

Petit-Rocher mayor Luc Desjardins says such a study would help with lobbying Fredericton and Ottawa for funding.

He says the highway would make it easier to transport goods like peat, blueberries, and seafood to the Port of Belledune, with Beresford mayor Jean-Guy Grant nothing the current road was closed several times over this past winter.

Acadian Peninsula Service Commission's George Savoie meanwhile, says a proposed route and funding needs to figured out before approaching other levels of government for funding, adding the project will also require environmental impact studies as well as expropriation agreements before it can proceed.

(with files from the Acadie-Nouvelle)