September 11, 2006
(Transportation and Works)
Minister to meet with Advisory Committee
on Labrador Transportation and inspect Churchill River bridge
John Hickey, Minister of Transportation
and Works, will be in Happy Valley-Goose Bay tomorrow (Tuesday,
September 12) to meet with members of the Minister’s Advisory Committee
on Labrador Transportation and inspect the ongoing construction of the
Churchill River bridge.
The minister’s advisory committee, which was established in February,
will discuss, among other things, a ferry service review, an update on
the Labrador Transportation Strategy and the progress in securing
federal, cost-shared funding for application of a sealed surface on the
“This is my first meeting with the committee as minister and I’m very
eager to get their input on these important issues regarding the future
of Labrador transportation,” said Minister Hickey.
The committee will join Minister Hickey at the Churchill River bridge at
3 p.m. as he places a decking panel to help bolt down the deck, the
latest phase of construction.
“This bridge is a shining example of the exciting things happening as
the Trans-Labrador Highway continues to unfold nearing the completion
date in 2009,” said Minister Hickey.
Located approximately eight kilometres upstream from the Town of Happy
Valley-Goose Bay, the crossing of the Churchill River bridge is one of
the highlights of Phase III of the Trans-Labrador Highway. The crossing
consists of a 500-metre causeway and a three span, 360-metre bridge.
Construction of the crossing commenced during the fall of 2004 with the
completion of the first 140 metres of the causeway. The first span of
the bridge was launched into position July 20, 2006, followed by the
second span on August 23 and the final span on August 30.
The bridge bearings are currently being installed. The remaining work
involves the installation of the decking support beams, the steel grid
decking, railing, abutment backwalls and causeway grading. The bridge is
scheduled for completion by mid-October 2006 and will be the second
largest in the province and will contain the largest single span at 120
“I’m proud to say this bridge was assembled and erected by
Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, once again illustrating our abilities
and skills as leaders in the construction industry,” said Minister
NOTE TO EDITORS:
Media representatives are invited to join Minister Hickey as he places a
decking panel to help bolt down the deck of the Churchill River bridge.
The Minister’s Advisory Committee on Labrador Transportation will also
join the minister as he inspects the latest phase of construction. The
event takes place at 3 p.m., Tuesday, September 12.
Media contact: David Salter, Communications, (709) 729-3015, 691-3577
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