Transportation and Works
August 2, 2007
Update on Road Conditions on Avalon and Burin Peninsulas
Staff of the
Department of Transportation and Works continue to assess road damage
throughout the Avalon and Burin Peninsulas. They continue to work
diligently to locate areas of concern and mark them to ensure the safety
of the traveling public.
The department is
making progress towards getting road conditions back to normal. Access
to Fox Harbour has been re-established. Ship Harbour Road is still
closed at two major washouts but the department hopes to have temporary
access in place by the end of the day. A contractor is engaged on this
section of road and continues to make repairs.
A bridge on Route 70
near Shearstown, which was damaged with floodwaters, remains closed. As
soon as the water recedes a full assessment will be completed. In the
meantime traffic is being re-routed in that area to the bypass road.
Temporary access to
Harbour Grace South and Bryants Cove has been restored and Route 80 at
Dildo and Hopeall has been re-established to one lane.
The department is
making progress on Route 100, the Argentia Access Road. Motorists
should note, however, that slow-downs are expected in affected areas and
should take this into consideration while planning their travels. There
were three major washouts in the Dunville area. Two of these areas were
restored to one lane of traffic last night and the third, near Ferndale
intersection, is expected to be restored by the end of the day. It is
expected that access will be restored to the Marine Atlantic terminal in
Argentia via Route 100 later today.
Route 100 near
Gooseberry Cove has been restored to one lane and a private contractor
remains on site. Access to Point Lance has also been restored and a
private contractor continues to work in this area as well. The road to
the fishplant remains closed in St. Brides, however, temporary access is
expected later today.
Transportation and Works staff and a contractor are on site at Long
Harbour. Emergency access has been restored with full temporary access
expected to be restored by the end of the day.
Ville Marie Road
connecting Long Harbour Road and Route 100 remains closed. Repair work
is expected to begin there next week since there is an alternate route
There are numerous
other locations on the Burin Peninsula, in the Placentia-Argentia-Long
Harbour area, and the Bay Roberts area where departmental staff are
working to restore minor washed out sections of road. This is expected
to continue over the next several days.
Works would like to advise all motorists in these areas to exercise
extreme caution while driving since much of the repair at this stage is
temporary in order to restore access. Workers are moving as quickly as
possible to ensure permanent repairs are done at the earliest possible
An updated advisory
will be issued tomorrow, August 3.
Department of Transportation and Works
02 4:10 p.m.