On June 25th 2018, Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, announced more than $63.7 million in eligible funding to improve a section of the Trans Labrador Highway. The project will entail widening 126 kilometres of road from 160 km East of Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Cartwright Junction. These improvements will address the concerns surrounding the safety of the road as well as ensuring shorter travel times.
The positive impacts of this investment will be experienced across all of Labrador. This investment will not only improve safety and efficiency, but will also provide a significant boost to the economy. The Trans Labrador Highway is an incredibly important infrastructure project for Labradorians – it connects communities, facilitates trade for local and international markets, and creates access to employment opportunities. In addition, a safer and improved highway will encourage tourists to visit and contribute to the local economy. Improved roads mean growth and development for the region of Labrador.
This funding is a part of the Government of Canada’s Investing in Canada plan, which aims to invest over $180 billion into infrastructure projects over 12 years. This particular investment was made by the federal and provincial Government, who each contributed $31.8 million through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National Regional Projects.