Province announces five-year, $670 million investment in bridge construction, restoration

The provincial government has announced an investment of $670 million over the next five years for bridge restoration and construction.

In a release, government says the funding includes $226.5 million for federal-provincial bridge projects, including the Centennial Bridge in Miramichi, as well as $34.3 million for large culverts.

The funding also earmarks $181.6 million for bridge replacements, including the Tetagouche River No. 2 Bridge in Bathurst, and $29.6 million for pre-engineering work on bridge projects, including Anderson Bridge on Route 8 and Coles Island structures.

Also included is $107.3 million for the restoration of bridges, such as the Hartland Covered Bridge and the Nashwaak No. 2 Bridge in Fredericton, and $90.5 million for bridges that are part of federal-provincial highway renewal projects, such as Route 11 from Shediac River to Cocagne River.

Bridge investments totalled $40.3 million in 2014 compared to $94.2 million budgeted for 2018-19.