New Brunswick

Final stretch of Trans-Canada Highway will be twinned

The Department of Transportation awarded a $6.8-million contract on Thursday to twin the final two-lane stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway in New Brunswick.

Restigouche Construction won the $6.8M contract

The Department of Transportation awarded a $6.8-million contract on Thursday to twin the final two-lane stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway in New Brunswick.

Grand Falls-based Restigouche Construction Co. Ltd. won the bid to complete the 2.7-kilometre stretch of highway between Edmundston and the Quebec border.

Transportation Minister Claude Williams says there were five bids from companies interested in twinning the highway section.

The Trans-Canada Highway will be completely twinned from the Quebec border to the Nova Scotia border by the fall of 2014, he said.

"Converting all of Route 2 into a four-lane highway is a strategic investment that will improve access to our province by improving traffic flow," Williams said in a statement.

"New Brunswick will be more accessible and attractive to companies that want to do business here, and to tourists wishing to visit us."

The Trans-Canada Highway stretches for 513 kilometres across New Brunswick.

The transportation department estimates 6,000 vehicles travel on the highway each day. Further, the provincial government says 30 per cent of those vehicles are transport trucks driving along the highway.

The provincial government still must tender further work for the construction of an underpass and interchange connections over the next two years.

This is the latest in a series of contracts signed to ensure the highway is four lanes throughout New Brunswick.

The 195-kilometre Fredericton-Moncton Highway opened in 2001 and is operated by the Maritime Road Development Corp.

Meanwhile, Brun-Way Highway Operations is responsible for 275 kilometres of highway from the Quebec border to west of Fredericton.