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Mike Attends the Completion of Highway 3 Sunday, 17 September 2006 Mike with NWT Transportation Minister, Hon. Michael McLeod


OPENING OF LAST PAVED PORTION OF THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY SYSTEM

YELLOWKNIFE — Mike Lake, M.P (Edmonton-Mill Woods-Beaumont), on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and Northwest Territories Transportation Minister the Honourable Michael McLeod, today announced the completion of the highway from the Northwest Territories and Alberta border to Hay River and Yellowknife.
"With the reconstruction and paving of this final 30-kilometre section of Highway 3 near Yellowknife, I am pleased to announce the completion of the core National Highway System," said Mr. Lake. "Investments in northern transportation infrastructures promote economic development in the region and reflect the Government of Canada’s commitment to improving the quality of life of Canadians."

"These highway improvements will benefit people living, working and visiting in the Northwest Territories," said Minister McLeod. "A safer, more efficient transportation system will provide the framework needed to support the continued economic growth of the territory."
The completion of Highway 3, which has the highest traffic volumes of the Northwest Territories’ intercommunity highways, will increase safety, improve access for the mining industry, improve driving conditions in winter and enhance tourism opportunities.
This $28-million project to complete the last section of Highway 3 was cost-shared equally by the two governments and is part of the $130-million Corridors for Canada projects funded under the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund (CSIF).
Through CSIF, the Government of Canada works with provincial, territorial and municipal governments, as well as with the private sector, to meet strategic infrastructure needs throughout the country. CSIF supports large-scale strategic infrastructure projects that improve quality of life and further sustainable growth.
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Contacts:
Natalie Sarafian
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa
613-991-0700
Linda Licari
Communications
Transport Canada,
Ottawa
613-993-0055

Bob Kelly Manager,
Public Affairs and Communications
Department of Transportation,
Northwest Territories
867-873-7712

 
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