Build Canada infrastructure money will help pay for new bridge

Dave Stewart dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on August 12, 2014

Souris is getting a new bridge while Routes 1 and 2 are getting significant upgrades.

Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea and P.E.I. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Robert Vessey held a press conference this afternoon to announce more than $11 million in work in the province under the new Build Canada Fund program.

The federal government is chipping in $5.68 million. The province will be responsible for the remaining costs of the projects, which have an estimated total cost of $11.36 million.

The federal government is contributing close to $6 million to help replace the Souris Bridge which was constructed in 1976.

There will be a new left-turning lane from Route 2 onto the lower Rollo Bay Road.

The upgrades to Routes 1 and 2 include improvements that will make it easier to make left turns along the Trans-Canada Highway near Bonshaw, while a 1,350-metre segment of the highway near Tryon will be rehabilitated to meet current safety guidelines.

In addition, the intersection of Route 2 and Route 25 in Marshfield will be redesigned to increase safety and add a new acceleration lane onto Route 2.

Vessey and Shea both promised there will be more Build Canada announcement to come in the weeks and months ahead.

More later online and in Wednesday's print and e-editions