The Honourable Ted Menzies, Minister of State (Finance) made the official announcement that 85 million dollars (split 50-50) between the province and feds will ggo towards the widesing and paving of 200 km of the trans labrador highway.
The federal and provincial governments have announced a joint investment of $85,057,332 to begin widening and paving the Trans-Labrador Highway between Red Bay and Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
About 1,200 kilometres long, the Trans-Labrador Highway is the region’s primary public road, crossing some of northeastern Canada’s most remote terrain.
“Our government is proud to support these significant highway improvements that will create numerous local jobs, drive economic growth and strengthen our communities,” said Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Penashue and member of parliament for Labrador. “The Trans-Labrador Highway is a vital link for Labradorians, our economy and our tourism industry. These upgrades will help connect workers with jobs, products with markets and travellers with destinations.”
Provincial Transportation and Works Minister Paul Davis said a few short years ago, the final metres of gravel for the Trans-Labrador Highway were placed to create the first continuous connection across Labrador. “Today we take the next step towards the completion of this great project by continuing to widen and pave the highway from Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Red Bay. This is one of the largest infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the province, and a key component of our government’s unwavering commitment to the people of Labrador,” Davis said.
Under the Building Canada plan, the federal and provincial governments have partnered to provide strategic funding for priority infrastructure needs. Through a Provincial-Territorial Base Fund, the Government of Canada is providing $175 million to strengthen infrastructure in Newfoundland and Labrador.