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Transportation and Works
September 28, 2010

Public Advisory: Update on Road Re-connections

The Department of Transportation and Works continues to work on re-establishing road connections to communities isolated as a result of Hurricane Igor. The following is the latest new information on road connection efforts as of 2:00 p.m. today (September 28):

Burin Peninsula

  • Long Pond Bridge – Currently open to one-lane traffic with traffic lights in place.
  • St. Lawrence to Lawn is expected to be connected via a temporary connection by mid-week.
  • Route 215, Petite Forte Road is open to one lane of LIGHT TRAFFIC ONLY. 

Bonavista Peninsula

  • Route 230, connection to the Town of Bonavista re-established with LIGHT TRAFFIC ONLY through Port Rexton. Work is ongoing to restore unrestricted access through Port Rexton to Bonavista and is expected to be completed by Thursday evening (September 30). Work is ongoing to restore traffic flow on Route 230 to two lanes.
  • Route 230-14 to Sweet Bay is connected.
  • Route 235, to Summerville from the south and to Newman’s Cove from the north is connected. It is expected to take 7-10 days before all connections on this route are made. It is expected Plate Cove West and Kings Cove will be connected by Tuesday evening (September 28), barring any unforeseen circumstances.
  • Work continues on Route 237, from Catalina to Amherst Cove.
  • Route 232, work has progressed to Clifton and is expected to take a few days to connect to Burgoynes Cove. Waterville and Monroe are connected.
  • Route 239 to Trinity is connected for emergency only vehicle access. Work has commenced on restoring access to the remainder of the communities on this route.

Motorists are encouraged to exercise caution when traveling as roadwork continues.

Contractors have begun the process of widening the roads to improve road access. Additionally, work has begun to improve access to support fish plant operations in Hickman’s Harbour on Random Island and Plate Cove West.

Members of the public can get the latest information on road conditions in storm affected areas through the Hurricane Igor Aftermath link on the Provincial Government’s website (www.gov.nl.ca) or by calling the Department of Transportation and Works dispatch at the following phone numbers:

  Avalon Region 709-729-7669
  Eastern Region 709-466-4160
  Central Region 709-292-4444
  Western Region 709-635-4144
  Labrador Region 709-896-7888
  Terra Nova National Park
c/o Parks Canada
709-533-2801

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Media contact:
Roger Scaplen
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 697-5267
rogerscaplen@gov.nl.ca 

2010 09 28                                                      3:25 p.m.
 


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