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Transportation and Works
September 29, 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 12:00 p.m. today (Wednesday, September 29):

Burin Peninsula

  • St. Lawrence to Lawn is expected to be connected within a few days.
  • Route 215, Petite Forte Road is open to one lane of LIGHT TRAFFIC ONLY. Work is ongoing to restore unrestricted access to the community.

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 tomorrow evening (Thursday, September 30). Work is ongoing to restore Route 230 to two lanes.
  • Route 235, to Plate Cove West from the south and to Newman’s Cove from the north is connected and crews are continuing to work toward Upper, Middle and Lower Amherst Coves. Connection is expected to be restored today (Wednesday, September 29) at breaches in Stock Cove and King’s Cove which will give access to Duntara and Keels. Installation of a Bailey bridge at Plate Cove West to restore connection to Plate Cove East will begin tomorrow (Thursday, September 30).
  • Work is continuing on Route 237, from Catalina to Route 235 near Upper Amherst Cove.
  • Route 232 is connected to Clifton and connection to Burgoynes Cove is expected to be made this evening (Wednesday, September 29).
  • Route 239 to Trinity is currently open to emergency vehicles only and is expected to be open to the public within the next several days. Work to restore access to the remainder of the communities on this route is ongoing.

Contractors have begun the process of widening the roads to improve access. Motorists are encouraged to exercise caution when traveling as roadwork continues.

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 29                                                    3:40 p.m.


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