Safe efficient roadways are crucial to economic growth and productivity. The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island are making strategic investments in transportation systems across the province to make highway travel safer, improve the flow of goods and support middle-class job creation.
Today, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Member of Parliament for Cardigan, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Paula Biggar, Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy, announced more than $7.8 million in federal-provincial funding for multiple road improvements.
Work includes structural, safety and efficiency upgrades at the following key locations: Route 2 in Bloomfield Corner, Miscouche, Travellers Rest and Rollo Bay; Route 5 in Baldwin Road; Route 6 in Margate and Kensington; Route 13 in Rennies Road; Route 150 in Alberton and Union; and Route 152 in St. Edward.
Once complete, this work will significantly reduce traffic congestion and improve driving conditions, creating more efficient links from farms to markets and supporting tourism across the island.
“The Government of Canada is working in close partnership with Prince Edward Island to ensure we make smart investments that help grow the middle class, promote economic development and safeguard public safety. By supporting these improvements to key transportation routes across the Island, we are helping local businesses get their goods to market and fostering long-term prosperity throughout the region.”
The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Member of Parliament for Cardigan, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“By pooling our resources, the federal and provincial governments can make important investments that protect our province, keep travelers safe, assist our traditional industries and enable economic growth. These investments all involve our province’s main highways – important routes for commerce, for tourism and for community connections. In each of these projects we are extending road life and improving the ride quality for passenger and freight traffic.”
The Honourable Paula Biggar, Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy
• The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
• The government of Canada is providing $3,605,864 to the rehabilitation and construction project elements under the National and Regional Projects category of the Provincial-Territorial Component of the New Building Canada Fund, while the province of Prince Edward Island is contributing $4,212,646.
• Budget 2017 committed over $10.1 billion for trade and transportation projects across Canada. This amount includes $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
• These investments complement the Atlantic Growth Strategy, a 2-year federal-provincial action plan aimed at stimulating economic growth in the region through five priority areas:
o Skilled workforce/Immigration;
o Clean growth and climate change;
o Trade and investment;