Province considering flood adaptation plan for Perth-Andover

New Brunswick says it's evaluating a proposal on flood adaptation submitted by the Village of Perth-Andover.

Carleton-Victoria MLA Andrew Harvey and Donald Arseneault, minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation, made the announcement in Perth-Andover on Thursday morning.

The village is proposing several options, including:

  • rerouting and raising Route 105 and Route 109 above anticipated maximum flood levels;
  • redeveloping and raising the Perth downtown to above anticipated maximum flood levels;
  • opening two new potential development areas in Andover; and
  • constructing a replacement bridge, either near the location of the current bridge or further upriver from Legion Street to the existing Route 109 alignment.

The village's proposal says the estimated cost would be between $71.9 million and $87.6 million, depending on where the bridge was located, plus $7 million for the two new potential development areas.

The province said it's considering and pricing initial phases of the proposal that would reroute roads, raise the Perth downtown, and undertake preliminary planning for a replacement bridge.

"After four devastating floods in 41 years, it is clear we need to do more to adapt to a changing climate in this community," said Arseneault," and we are committed to working with the municipality and its residents to do so."

Officials said options that are agreeable to the provincial and municipal governments will be presented to the federal government if there's a clear interest from the broader community.

The government did not offer any timelines during Thursday's announcement.