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Transportation and Works
December 9, 2010

Provincial Government to Continue 24-Hour Snow Clearing

Based on the success of a two-year pilot project, the Provincial Government will continue the 24-hour snow clearing program this winter season through an investment of $1.7 million.

"The 24-hour snow clearing program is a successful initiative that enhances our snow clearing efforts," said the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works. "With this investment, we will continue the program beyond the two-year pilot project."

The Department of Transportation and Works will maintain 24-hour snow clearing on high-traffic areas of the Trans Canada Highway (TCH) and major trunk roads from Sunday evenings to Friday evenings.

"Winter weather in this province can create dangerous driving conditions, especially for commuters, who often do not have the choice to stay home in adverse weather," said Minister Hedderson. "Added to the regular snow clearing schedule, the continuation of this 24-hour service will help improve safety on high-traffic commuter routes."

Sections of the TCH that will continue to receive 24-hour snow clearing coverage are:

  • Logy Bay Road Interchange to Manitoba Drive in Clarenville;
  • Cooper Boulevard in Gander to the west end of the divided highway in Grand Falls-Windsor; and,
  • Route 430 Interchange in Deer Lake to the Stephenville Cold Brook Depot.
  • Major trunk roads that will receive 24-hour snow clearing coverage are:

  • Route 2, from New Gower Street, St. Johnís to Legion Road, CBS;
  • Route 350, from the TCH to Botwood;
  • Lewin Parkway/Ring Road in Corner Brook; and,
  • Route 430, TCH to Rocky Harbour.
  • The Department of Transportation and Works snow clearing crews typically work from approximately 4:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. across the province. In case of an emergency, a 24-hour dispatch service is available outside of these hours, which will send crews to clear roads for emergency responders.

    More information on snow clearing and highway driving conditions can be found at: www.roads.gov.nl.ca/winterdriving

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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 12 09                                                      4:25 p.m.
     


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