Kouchibouguac River Bridge No. 1 Opens to Traffic on December 15, 2023

CAP-ACADIE, NB, December 14, 2023 – The Cap-Acadie Chamber of Commerce and the Regional Town of Cap-Acadie received confirmation late today that Kouchibouguac River Bridge #1 will open to traffic tomorrow, December 15, 2023, at approximately 11:30 am.

On September 20, 2019, the bridge was closed due to damage caused by Hurricane Dorian. Structural problems included considerable concrete loss at key locations on the inside face of the deck, directly compromising the bridge’s strength. On November 28, 2019, the provincial government signed a Disaster Financial Assistance Agreement with the federal government to secure funding for this project.

In the fall of 2022, the Cap-Acadie Chamber of Commerce launched a short 720-second campaign to save our businesses, with 720 seconds (12 minutes) representing the time required to complete the detour between the two ends of the bridge. Throughout the year, the team at the Cap-Acadie Chamber of Commerce kept a close eye on the progress of the bridge work to ensure that the schedule promised by the province was met.

Natalie Cormier, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Cap-Acadie Chamber of Commerce, is relieved for merchants, especially as the busy holiday season approaches.

“It’s truly a gift just in time for Christmas! It’s great news for merchants in this area, who can look forward to seeing a lot more traffic. What’s more, for businesses located nearby, this essential link will enable them to reach Highway 15 more quickly once again, which will mean fewer transportation expenses,” says Ms. Cormier.

Jacques LeBlanc, MLA for Shediac-Beaubassin-Cap-Pelé, praised the resilience of the Cap-Acadie business community.

“I want to salute the resilience of the Cap-Acadie business community, which has shown patience during this difficult period for some. I would also like to underline the patience of the people in the community who stay close to the bridge and had to make a long detour. The work was completed on schedule, thanks to the remarkable leadership of the Town and the Chamber of Commerce,” adds Mr. LeBlanc.

Serge Léger, Mayor of the Regional Town of Cap-Acadie, is proud to see this essential link re-open in the Grand-Barachois area.

“This is excellent news for the Grand-Barachois sector and for all the citizens of Cap-Acadie! I’m really happy that the very important link between our communities has been re-established. I know people were eager to watch and drive on the new bridge. Patience paid off.

The Cap-Acadie Chamber of Commerce is proud of the work accomplished since the announcement of the closure of the Kouchibouguac River Bridge no. 1. The Chamber would also like to thank all the parties involved, including the Regional Town of Cap-Acadie, the MLA for Shediac-Beaubassin-Cap-Pelé, Jacques LeBlanc, and the Government of New Brunswick.

To mark this historic moment for the Regional Town of Cap-Acadie, an official ribbon-cutting ceremony with all stakeholders will be held in the spring of 2024.

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