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Transportation and Works
July 25, 2011

Paving Ahead for Bay of Islands and Humber Regions

Several roads on the west coast of Newfoundland will see new pavement this season as the Department of Transportation and Works has called a tender for road work in the region.

“I am pleased to have this work slated for this construction season,” said the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works. “Paving and repairing asphalt is an important part of maintaining a quality transportation network in our province.”

The tender provides for the milling and paving of approximately two kilometres of the Trans Canada Highway between the intersection of Riverside Drive and Lewin Parkway underpass.

“We all recognize the need to continue making investments in our road infrastructure," said the Honourable Tom Marshall, Minister of Finance and MHA for Humber East. "This work will improve a busy stretch of road in our region to the benefit of all travellers and commercial users.”

In addition, approximately 1.8 kilometres of Route 440, on the north shore of the Bay of Islands will be paved along with pulverizing and paving of approximately 1.7 kilometres from the entrance to McIver’s towards Cox’s Cove. Pulverizing and paving will also take place on Route 450, on the south shore of the Bay of Islands, from Frenchman’s Cove toward York Harbour, for approximately one kilometre. Approximately 2.8 kilometres between Georgetown Road and Mount Moriah will be pulverized, milled and paved, as will two sections located between York Harbour and Lark Harbour totalling approximately 3.1 kilometres. Various locations on each highway will also undergo resurfacing.

“I am pleased with the work that will be completed as part of this tender,” said Terry Loder, MHA for Bay of Islands. “This work will strengthen the road system in the Bay of Islands as well as on the west coast of Newfoundland.”

Upgrading and paving will also take place on four sections of Route 402, Gallants Road, between the Trans Canada Highway and Gallants Bridge.

“Maintaining our roads is essential to providing safe and comfortable driving experiences for those travelling throughout our communities,” said Vaughn Granter, MHA for Humber West. “I am pleased with government’s continued efforts and investments to enhance our transportation infrastructure throughout the province.”

Budget 2011 Standing Strong: For Prosperity. For Our Future. For Newfoundland and Labrador provides funding of $216.4 million for road and bridge improvements, supplemented by an additional $35.2 million in Federal Government funding, for a total road and bridge investment in 2011-12 of $251.6 million.

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Media contacts:

Roger Scaplen
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 697-5267
Lary Wells
Executive Assistant to the
Honourable Tom Marshall
MHA for Humber East
Donna Ivey
Communications Manager
House of Assembly
Government Members Office
709-729-0898, 697-1424

2011 07 25                                                                            11:20 a.m.

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