Province, federal government investing in replacement of Coles Island bridges

The provincial and federal governments have announced a nearly $45 million investment to replace two aging bridges on an important trade corridor in New Brunswick. 

Government says planning is underway for the replacement of the Coles Island north and south bridges on Route 10, which are currently reduced to one lane of traffic, to ensure it remains a viable transportation link. 

Route 10 serves as a trade corridor for the forest industry. 

The federal government will fund over $22 million through the National Trade Corridors Fund and the provincial government will provide a $22.8 million investment over the next four years. 

Premier Brian Gallant says this replacement will ensure that New Brunswick companies can get their goods to market efficiently and remain competitive.

Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2019 and is expected to take at least two years to complete.