Pacquet, Newfoundland and Labrador, October 14, 2020—The governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador recognize the different ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted smaller and rural communities across the province. Both governments are making strategic investments in infrastructure to meet the specific needs of rural Newfoundland and Labrador municipalities and help them strengthen their local economies.
That is why governments have been taking decisive action to support families, businesses and communities and continue to look ahead to see what more can be done.
Strategic investments in safe and modern road infrastructure will play a key role in ensuring Newfoundland and Labrador residents have access to reliable services to support healthy communities.
Today, Scott Simms, Member of Parliament for Coast of Bays–Central–Notre Dame, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, and the Honourable Derrick Bragg, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, announced funding for two road infrastructure projects in Pacquet and Lushes Bight-Beaumont-Beaumont North.
Residents of the Municipality of Pacquet will benefit from a total of 350 metres of newly paved road along Lake Road and Newtown road, as well as rehabilitation work in the surrounding areas. This project will lower road maintenance costs and improve road safety for commuters,
A gravel roadway in the Town of Lushes Bight Beaumont-Beaumont North will be paved with asphalt and culverts in poor condition replaced. As a result of these investments, the residents of rural North-Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador will benefit from more reliable road infrastructure, and a safer means of transportation.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $179,900 in these projects through the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream (RNIS) of the Investing in Canada infrastructure program and the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF). The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is providing over $103,000 while the Town of Lushes Bight-Beaumont-Beaumont North is contributing more than $34,600 and the Town of Pacquet is contributing more than $24,000.