Route 11 twinning project a result of pandering, highway safety expert says

One of the province's leading highway safety experts says a multi-million dollar plan to twin a section of Highway 11 is a product of political pandering.

Eric Hildebrand, a civil engineering professor at the University of New Brunswick says tells the Telegraph-Journal that the $272 million project is a Cadilac solution when a Toyota Corolla would have sufficed.

While concerns over head-on crashes and collisions with moose expressed by communities in the southern part of the province are legitimate, Hildebrand says the addition of more passing lanes, rumble strips and improved line markings could improve safety on the highway significantly.

The project is expected to create approximately 2,500 construction jobs.