POLITICS

New Brunswick government details capital spending plans for three departments

12/19/2014 01:56 EST | Updated 02/18/2015 05:59 EST
FREDERICTON - The New Brunswick government presented details of capital spending for three departments on the final sitting day before the Christmas break.

The Department of Transportation is projected to spend almost $410 million in the coming year on bridges, highways, buildings and equipment.

There is an increase to $25 million from about $8 million for work on provincially designated highways within municipalities, while nearly $20 will be spent to begin twinning a section of Route 11 near Shediac.

The Health Department will spend over $60 million on capital projects including $1.3 million for a mental health treatment centre for youth.

The Department of Education's $96 million capital spending plan will see work begin on 10 new projects including schools in Miramichi and Dieppe, and work will continue on 14 existing capital projects.

During 2015-16, two schools will close in Woodstock and Campbellton, while three new schools will open in Quispamsis, Geary and Fredericton.