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Transportation and Works
June 25, 2010

Provincial Government to Study Options to Improve Whites Road near Stephenville

In recognition of the fact that Whites Road in the Stephenville area is an important part of the highway system in the region, the Department of Transportation and Works will be conducting a feasibility study to consider options for upgrading the highway in this area. The Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works, made the announcement this afternoon during a luncheon address to the Bay St. George Chamber of Commerce.

"Issues have been raised respecting flooding issues and traffic flow on this important regional road," said Minister Hedderson. "We believe this is an appropriate time to consider any and all options for improving the road in this area to address the concerns of area residents."

Preliminary work has already started on studying potential options to improve Whites Road, particularly near a flood prone section in the Noel’s Pond area. Over the coming months, the department will continue to advance the engineering work with the intention of starting necessary field work associated with the study this fall.

"This is great news for the people of the region who use Whites Road on a regular basis," said the Honourable Joan Burke, MHA for St. George’s-Stephenville East. "This study is an important step as we look to develop options for improvements in the future."

"Any steps we can take to improve the transportation network in this region should be given thorough consideration," said Tony Cornect, MHA for Port Au Port. "Whites Road provides an important road connection for the people of the region and helps to facilitate the flow of traffic through the area. Improvements to this road would truly benefit the entire region."

As the Department of Transportation and Works moves forward with this study and develops options, it plans to consult with area town councils and the public before making final decisions on potential options for upgrading in the area.

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Media contacts:

Roger Scaplen
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 697-5267
Janine Carter
Constituency Assistant to
Hon. Joan Burke, MHA
St. George’s–Stephenville East
Donna Ivey
Communications Manager
Government Members Office
709-729-0898, 697-1424

2010 06 25                                                      2:00 p.m.

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