FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure will invest $414 million in its 2022-23 capital budget with the goal of maintaining the province’s infrastructure and addressing work that had been previously delayed. This represents an increase of about $55.7 million compared to the previous budget.

“We are tackling infrastructure deficits, environmental and climate change issues, projects that have been delayed because of budget pressures and much needed safety improvements,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Jill Green.

The department will allocate $338.8 million for the maintenance and improvement of highways, roads and bridges; $60.9 million to its bridge program; $81.8 million for the federal-provincial program; $53.32 million for public works and infrastructure; $22 million for the Vehicle Management Agency; and $15 million for the Municipal Designated Highway program.

“We are tackling projects that are important to the whole province,” said Green. “Our government has found a balance between fiscal responsibility and investment for the betterment of all New Brunswickers.”

The department will continue work on several projects, including:

·         Anderson Bridge in Miramichi;

·         Centennial Bridge in Miramichi;

·         Coles Island bridges;

·         Saint John Harbour Bridge;

·         Edmundston-Madawaska Bridge;

·         Route 11, Shediac River to Cocagne River; and

·         Route 11, Cocagne River to Little Bouctouche River.

In addition, the department has budgeted $11.7 million to continue upgrading work on the Centennial Bridge in Miramichi, $9.2 million for work on the Edmundston-Madawaska Bridge and a further $10 million to begin replacing the Salmon River Bridge in Chipman.

Work is also underway on projects to mitigate climate change across the province in communities such as Edmundston and Robinsonville.