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Saint John-Rothesay MP Wayne Long is pictured in front of Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site with Kurt Peacock, team leader – visitor experience, Parks Canada, for the site. Image: Submitted

Nearly $25M for Carleton Martello Tower, Fundy National Park

By Brad Perry Nov 2, 2023 | 6:23 AM

Ottawa has announced nearly $25 million for a historic site and a national park in New Brunswick.

$14.8 million has been earmarked for the arleton Martello Tower National Historic Site in Saint John.

That money will go toward the second and final phase of rehabilitation work at the historic site.

Work will include replacing the fire command post atop the tower with a light-weight replica of the original.

In addition, a new roof will be constructed, and a new heating and humidity control system will be installed.

“As with many projects of this size, the COVID-19 pandemic created workforce and supply chain challenges, material cost increases, and project delays that could not have been anticipated when the project began,” Parks Canada said in a news release.

Work on the town is expected to resume this fall and is should be completed and reopened to visitors by summer 2025.

Meanwhile, Fundy National Park will receive more than $9 million in funding from the federal government.

A total of $8.3 million will be used to improve an 11-kilometre section of Route 114 through the park this fall.

The work will repair and renovate the road’s surface while upgrading several drainage infrastructure components.

“These upgrades aim to accommodate higher peak flows of water, thereby minimizing the risk of flood-related damage to infrastructure and future soil erosion,” said the release.

The remaining $1.05 million is being allocated for recovery efforts resulting from the aftermath of hurricane Fiona in 2022.

Work includes cutting or removing thousands of fallen trees, as well as repairs to a variety of damage to the park’s infrastructure.