February 5, 1998
(Works, Services and Transportation)

Drivers cautioned

The Minister of Works, Services and Transportation is advising the motoring public to exercise caution in making plans to travel on the province's highways.

Government has not reached a collective agreement with its Maintenance and Operational Services (MOS) employees, represented by NAPE, and winter snow clearing and ice control crews can go on strike at any time without notice. "A contingency plan is in place to maintain the Trans Canada Highway and the main highway thoroughfares in the province. However, we will be operating at a reduced capacity," said Minister Lloyd Matthews. "Management employees and designated essential employees will maintain the highways as best they can. Drivers, however, should be prepared for some reductions in services in the event of a strike."

Motorists are therefore advised to have appropriate contingency plans in place in the event that NAPE does go on strike.

For information on road conditions in the province, drivers should call the district offices before travelling.

Avalon: (709) 729-2391 Central: (709) 292-4300
Eastern: (709) 466-4160 Western: (709) 634-4100

Contact: Jill Sooley, (709) 729-3015

1998 02 05 2:35 p.m.

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