Transportation and Works
August 3, 2007

Public Advisory: Update on Road Conditions on Avalon Peninsula

Staff of the Department of Transportation and Works continue to work diligently to improve road conditions for the safety of the traveling public throughout the Avalon Region.

The department is making substantial progress towards getting road conditions back to normal. Motorists should note, however, that slow-downs are expected in affected areas and should take this into consideration while planning their travels.

Access to Fox Harbour has been re-established. Ship Harbour Road is still closed at two major washouts but crews are continuing to make repairs to re-establish access.

A bridge on Route 70 near Shearstown, which was damaged with floodwaters, remains closed. Water levels have receded and an engineer is on site today to do an assessment. In the meantime traffic is still 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 two lanes.

The department has made significant progress on Route 100, the Argentia Access Road. There were three major washouts in the Dunville area and all three areas have been restored to two lanes. Access to the Marine Atlantic terminal in Argentia via Route 100 has also been re-established.

Route 100 near Gooseberry Cove has been restored. Access to Point Lance has also been restored and a private contractor continues to work in this area. Access to the fishplant in St. Brides was temporarily restored yesterday evening and permanent repairs are ongoing.

The department is assessing damage to the road to Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve and Spread Eagle in Old Shop and will begin repairs following the assessment.

The Long Harbour Road is open to two lanes of traffic and crews will continue to work today and tomorrow to re-establish road shoulders.

Ville Marie Road connecting Long Harbour Road and Route 100 remains closed. Repair work is expected to begin there next week since an alternate route is in place.

There remain numerous other locations 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.

The Department of 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.

For the latest road conditions in the Avalon region, please call 1-709-729-3264, and in the Clarenville area, please call 1-709-466-4122. Please note there is a large volume of calls coming into these Transportation and Works locations. The department therefore urges concerned residents to continue to call until they get a response.


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

2007 08 03                                                    1:35 p.m.


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