April 23, 2004
(Transportation and Works)

Emergency tender contract awarded for Burin Peninsula Highway repairs

Tom Rideout, Minister of Transportation and Works, today announced the awarding of a $50,000 contract to Wally Drake Trucking of Marystown for emergency repairs to the Burin Peninsula Highway (Route 210). An emergency tender call was issued on Monday, April 19 and closed yesterday at 12:00 noon.

"In the interest of public safety, government has been proactive and timely in issuing an emergency call for tenders to carry out repairs along the Burin Peninsula Highway. Recent weather conditions and spring runoff had resulted in washouts along sections of the highway, particularly in the Swift Current to Terrenceville intersection area," said Minister Rideout.

"I feel confident that the Department of Transportation and Works has acted in an effective and efficient manner, even though this has been challenging in light of the ongoing public service strike.

"I am pleased to announce today that the contract has been awarded and work on the highway will be commencing in the very near future. The contractor will be replacing the gravel along the damaged sections and fixing the shoulders with quarried rock," Minister Rideout said.

The department has set a deadline of April 30 for the completion of repairs.

Media contact: Lori Lee Oates, Communications, (709) 729 3015

2004 04 23          2:00 p.m.

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