A New Brunswick company has been awarded a contract for the twinning of the Route 2, the Trans-Canada Highway, between Edmundston and the Quebec border.
Restigouche Construction Co. Ltd. of Grand Falls was the successful bidder for the $6.8 million contract. The work involves grading and paving 2.7 kilometres of Route 2 from the Quebec border to the existing four-lane highway.
Five bids were received on the tender that was issued on June 19 and closed July 6.
The province plans for Route 2 to be completely twinned from the Quebec border to the Nova Scotia border by the fall of 2014.
Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claude Williams said the work is essential for economic development in the province. “Converting all of Route 2 into a four-lane highway is a strategic investment that will improve access to our province by improving traffic flow.”
About 6,000 vehicles—30 per cent trucks—travel the 513-kilometre road daily.
Over the next two years, further work will be tendered to build an underpass and complete interchange connections.