July 21, 1998
(Works, Services and Transportation)
Improvements announced for upgrading TCH at Whitbourne
Works, Services and Transportation Minister Lloyd Matthews, today
announced plans for upgrading the Trans Canada Highway at Whitbourne. "We remain
committed to making improvements to the highway at Whitbourne, taking into account the
concerns of local business," said Minister Matthews.
"The improvements will include construction of a four lane divided
highway to a point just east of Whitbourne. New exit ramps for Routes 80 and 81 will be
constructed, along with a new interchange complete with an overpass, east of the existing
intersection," announced the minister. "As well, some changes will be made to
the current highway route for a total expenditure of approximately $3.6 million in highway
improvements for the area."
There will not be a four lane divided highway bypassing the current route.
"Businesses along the current highway route rely on highway traffic for about 70 per
cent of their volume," said Mr. Matthews. "While we felt it was necessary to
make improvements to the Trans Canada Highway in the area, we also recognized the impact
that a new highway route would have on area businesses."
Minister Matthews added, "We've studied this issue with great detail
in the past. We've heard representation from various businesses in the service industry,
from transportation groups and from the public generally. We are now anxious to get on
with making these improvements to the Trans Canada Highway. We anticipate work to begin
during the next construction season."
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