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Transportation and Works
August 2, 2007

Public Advisory: 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. 

Department of 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 in place. 

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. 

Transportation and 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 time. 

An updated advisory will be issued tomorrow, August 3.


Media contact:
Tanya Simms
Communications Specialist
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-1758, 693-4908

2007 08 02                                                        4:10 p.m. 

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