Federal, N.B. governments investing nearly $15 million in Saint John Harbour Bridge

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Posted February 28, 2023 12:02 pm The province says money will go towards phase two and three. Zack Power / Global News The federal government announced new money for Saint John Tuesday morning. A joint investment between the provincial and federal governments will mean nearly $15 million towards the Saint John Harbour Bridge. Omar Alghabra, minister of transportation, said his government would also invest $2.8 million towards the Canada Border Services Agency to increase its operating capacity. The Saint John Port Authority also matched that investment.Both levels of government noted that the expanding Port of Saint John has driven more traffic to the city of Saint John, and the funding will go toward that need. Repairs slowed traffic into late 2022. Zack Power / Global News “These improvements will extend the life of the bridge and ensure the steady flow of goods between Saint John, Halifax and the U.S. state of Maine,” said Alghabra. Trending Now Story continues below advertisement Saint John Rothesay MP Wayne Long said the money announced in Saint John would not go toward any additional costs towards the Harbour Bridge but rather toward “structural support and the ongoing cause.”New Brunswick’s then-transportation and infrastructure minister Jill Green told Global News in February 2022 that an estimated 37,000 motorists drive on the bridge daily.Work is expected to resume in April, when crews will again divide the road into single-lane traffic in both directions.Saint John Lancaster MLA and Social Development Minister Dorothy Shephard said the money will go toward phases 3 and 4, which are set to start in 2023 and 2024.The Harbour Bridge is one of only two ways between the west end of Saint John and the other corridors in the city. The Reversing Falls Bridge has served as a secondary source when repairs and closures have halted eastern New Brunswick and Maine traffic.Long told reporters that the Reversing Falls Bridge has its “challenges,” but like the Harbour Bridge, the municipal and provincial government would have to apply for the money. Story continues below advertisement The Harbour Bridge work is expected to be completed by 2026. &copy 2023 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc. Sponsored content Flyers

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