January 22, 2004
(Works, Services and Transportation)

Minister issues a call for emergency tenders for Greenspond Causeway

Tom Rideout, Minister of Works, Services and Transportation, issued a call for an emergency tender on Wednesday, January 21, for repairs to the Greenspond Causeway, which sustained damage as a result of a storm over the weekend.

"I visited the area with MHA Harry Harding to personally survey the damage and meet with our local crew. My crew advised me that immediate action is necessary to ensure the safety of the residents who make daily use of the causeway," said Minister Rideout. "Therefore, we issued an emergency tender to get work underway."

The emergency tender was called Wednesday, January 21 and will close at 12:00 noon, Friday, January 23, 2004. The tender calls for rock fill to be placed in the damaged area along the causeway; the armourstone, which protects the causeway from wave action, to be replaced; the guide rail to be repaired; and the driving surface to be restored to gravel conditions. Permanent repairs to asphalt will follow in the spring.

"Officials estimate that the causeway sustained anywhere from $180,000 to $225,000 in damage from the storm. Since that time, traffic has been reduced to one lane," said the minister. "With these repairs, the causeway will once again be two lanes permitting the normal flow of traffic for school buses, those traveling to and from work, as well as everyday activities."

Photo #1: Minister Rideout and MHA Harry Harding assess damage

Media contact: Deanne Hayward, Communications, (709) 729-3015

2004 01 22                                       1:55 p.m.

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