Transportation and Works
September 22, 2015

Improving Road Infrastructure to Connect People and Communities

Trans Canada Highway from St. John’s to Salmonier Line to Undergo $5.7 million in Repairs

The Provincial Government has awarded a contract valued at over $5.7 million for rut repairs on various sections of the Trans Canada Highway (TCH) from St. John’s to Salmonier Line. The contract, awarded to Farrell’s Excavating Ltd., is in addition to $6.8 million in road upgrades already underway from Salmonier Line to Whitbourne.

“This contract for significant repairs on the very busy stretch of the TCH from St. John’s to Salmonier Line, represents one of the largest single contracts awarded this construction season. Repairing ruts on this section of the highway was identified as a priority and is part of our overall focus to constantly find ways to improve overall road conditions and ensure a safe transportation network.”
- The Honourable David Brazil, Minister of Transportation and Works

The contract includes work to:

  • Upgrade and repave the TCH between Logy Bay Road and Carrick Drive (Outer Ring Road);
  • Cold plane and resurface sections of TCH between Portugal Cove Road and Salmonier Line; and
  • Cold plane and resurface sections of Route 2 (Pitts Memorial Drive and CBS Bypass) between TCH and Route 10 (Southern Shore Highway).

Budget 2015 allocates $317.9 million in priority infrastructure projects, including $204 million for provincial roads, bridges and other road work. High quality transportation infrastructure is integral to the social and economic growth of Newfoundland and Labrador, which are key elements of the recently launched Population Growth Strategy. For more information visit external link.


  • A contract valued at over $5.7 million has been awarded to Farrell’s Excavating Ltd for rut repairs on the TCH between St. John’s and Salmonier Line. The contract complements repair work of $6.8 million on the TCH from Salmonier Line to Whitbourne which began earlier this summer.
  • The section of the TCH between St. John’s and Whitbourne is one of the most heavily travelled in the province.
  • Over $317 million will be invested this year in these and other priority infrastructure projects such as wharf upgrades, the start of construction of the new Sir Robert Bond Bridge, continued replacement of the Placentia Lift Bridge, and maintenance, repairs and improvements to provincial buildings.

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Media contact:
Jacquelyn Howard
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 689-2624

2015 09 22                             10:10 a.m.