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Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Robert Vessey
The province is getting set to straighten out the Trans-Canada Highway in Tryon.
The project will cost $1.8 million this year and another $1.8 million in 2015.
The first phase of the project is the intersection of Route 10, Augustine Cove.
Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Robert Vessey says there is a bad curve in the highway that needs to be corrected.
“We’re going to reconstruct the road and soften the curve and bring it to today’s standards,’’ Vessey said following question period in the P.E.I. legislature on Wednesday.
The first phase of the project involves about 1.4 kilometres of road while the next phase measures around 1.7 kilometres.
“It’s an area of the Trans-Canada (Highway) we’ve been trying to get at. It’s been identified as being below today’s standards.’’
The highway handles much more traffic today than it was designed to when it was constructed in 1952. Gone are the ferries between Borden-Carleton and Cape Tormentine, N.B. Since the Confederation Bridge opened in 1997 truck traffic has increased, putting more strain on the stretch of highway between Borden-Carleton and Charlottetown.
“We are an exporting province now and there’s no more ferry boats (in western P.E.I.) or potato boats so we have to make the highways safe for not only you and I and our vehicles but for the trucks that are coming through and going to market,’’ the minister said.
The work will go to tender in the next few weeks with construction taking place this summer. Another section will be done next year in the same area at the Branch Road intersection.
This year, the Department of Transportation is spending $27.5 million on highway resurfacing or reconstruction projects on Routes 1, 1A, 2, 6, 19, 25 and 225. Intersections will be re-aligned to improve safety, storm sewer will be installed, turn lanes will be added and lanes will be widened, Vessey said.
The province will also be putting in a roundabout at the intersection of the Charlottetown bypass highway and Upton Road.
A total of six bridges and highway structures will be replaced in 2014-15, including Souris bridge, Greek River bridge, Rocky Point structure, Augustine Cove bridge, Clinton bridge and the Central Street structure in Montague.
As well, a final coat of asphalt will be applied to the Trans-Canada Highway realignment between New Haven and Bonshaw.