CORNWALL, P.E.I. — The second phase of the Trans-Canada Highway extension will be moving ahead thanks to funding from the governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island.
Funding for the project was announced March 16 by federal officials and will be used to remove the signalized intersection where the Trans-Canada Highway, Warren Grove and York Point roads meet, and replace it with a roundabout, indicates an Infrastructure Canada release. The project also includes the reconstruction of one kilometre of the existing Trans-Canada Highway from the roundabout to Poplar Island. The newly repaved section will feature median curbing to prohibit left turn movement on the highway and lighting, explains the release.
The project aims to promote economic growth and residential development in the Town of Cornwall by removing commercial through-traffic from the town's core. The Government of Canada will contribute up to approximately $2.1 million of the total eligible project costs, while the Government of Prince Edward Island will provide roughly $3 million.
"The Trans-Canada Highway is Prince Edward Island's main economic corridor, with more than 500 transport trucks leaving the province each weekday with island goods bound for out-of-province markets," said Paula Biggar, P.E.I. minister of transportation, infrastructure and energy, in a statement.
"Thanks to the help of our federal partners, our government is on track to complete the Trans-Canada Extension project at a cost below our initial forecast."