The Newfoundland & Labrador government has completed construction on a new highway depot in Renews-Cappahayden, reports The Telegram.
The new depot building, which cost just under $1 million to build, replaces a 50-year-old structure located along the Southern Shore highway.
Here is Newfoundland government news release:
The commitment to rebuild and replace aging infrastructure took another step forward today with the official opening of a new $982,000 highway depot in Renews-Cappahayden. Ongoing investments to improve the province’s transportation system continue to benefit residents in towns and communities throughout the province.
Budget 2013: A Sound Plan, A Secure Future provides $150 million for various road and highway projects, including $4.9 million for the construction of new highway depots and salt storage facilities. The department plans to construct two depot and two salt storage facilities this year.
“The construction of this new highway depot clearly demonstrates our commitment to provide a safe workplace for our highway transportation employees who we all depend on to deliver important public services like snow clearing and maintenance of our roads,” said the Honourable Paul Davis, Minister of Transportation and Works. “Through Budget 2013, this government continues to make major investments in core transportation infrastructure, and in the services provided on our highways and provincial roads.”
The Department of Transportation and Works has 65 highway depots located throughout Newfoundland and Labrador with 33 facilities operating on a year-round basis.
“I am delighted to be part of the official opening of the new depot in the Town of Renews-Cappahayden,” said the Honourable Keith Hutchings, Minister of Innovation, Business and Rural Development and MHA for Ferryland “This significant investment confirms our government’s commitment to transportation infrastructure and ensures the continued delivery of a high level of service to residents of the Southern Avalon.”
Budget 2013 is focused on the province’s long-term prosperity with an infrastructure investment of over $866 million to encourage economic growth, job creation and stronger communities through improvements to roads, marine services, health, education, municipal works, buildings, and aquaculture.
Photo: Honourable Paul Davis, Minister of Transportation and Works and Honourable Keith Hutchings, Minister of IBRD and MHA for Ferryland cut the ribbon to officially open the new highway depot in Renews-Cappahayden. Also participating are Christina (Chris) White, Heavy Equipment Technician Apprentice, TW and Mike Chidley, Renews-Cappahayden Town Councillor.