Anderson Bridge to be replaced

The provincial and federal governments will invest $94 million to build a new permanent bridge to replace Anderson Bridge in Miramichi.

“Anderson Bridge is a crucial link for the people and businesses in the Miramichi region and northern New Brunswick,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser, who is also minister responsible for Northern and Miramichi Funds. “We know residents want infrastructure that is dependable, meets their needs, and supports our economic activity. With our federal partners, we have moved quickly to address the need for a new bridge at this location. Together we are working to get things done for our region and our province.”

The provincial government is committing $53.6 million to the project. The federal government will provide $40.8 million.

The new span will feature a wider cross-section and be able to accommodate the region’s traffic needs while ensuring a link across the Northwest Miramichi River is maintained.

“The Government of Canada recognizes how important modern and efficient infrastructure is in strengthening the middle class, supporting a high standard of living and a growing Canadian economy. By supporting the replacement of this bridge, we are ensuring traveller safety, reducing congestion, better managing traffic volumes, and reducing travel times,” said Miramichi-Grand Lake MP Pat Finnigan.

Finnigan attended for federal Infrastructure and Communities Minister Amarjeet Sohi.

Anderson Bridge is on Route 8, a key link between northeastern New Brunswick and Fredericton, providing connections to the Trans-Canada Highway and communities in the rest of Canada and the United States.

The government’s $757.9-million capital budget, which includes the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure’s capital budget of $638.5 million, reflects the government’s priority to support public buildings, highways and bridges that are the responsibility of the province.

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