Transportation and Works
December 22, 2016

Public Advisory: Crews Preparing for Potential Weather Event

Motorists are advised that the Department of Transportation and Works is monitoring Environment Canada forecasts and special statements which indicate a potential for a weather system affecting various areas of the province over the holiday weekend. In addition, up to 15 cm of snow is forecast for St. John’s and vicinity tomorrow, Friday, December 23.

Snow clearing on the province’s 289 routes takes place over two scheduled shifts: a morning shift from 4:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and an evening shift from 1:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. In the event of extreme weather conditions, night time snow plow operators and ice control crews will be extended as needed beyond the regular operating schedule.

In addition, 24-hour operations are provided on the province’s most heavily-travelled routes as weather conditions warrant. A list of these routes is provided below.

The department also advises that a protocol is in place to accommodate emergency vehicles. If an ambulance or fire truck is obstructed by road conditions at any time of day, a plow will be dispatched to any of the 289 routes to assist.

Residents are reminded to check www.roads.gov.nl.ca/default.htm for updated road condition reports, highway camera images and safe driving tips.

Newfoundland and Labrador’s 13 Most-Travelled Routes
DescriptionRegion
1Route 1 (TCH) - from Logy Bay Road to Foxtrap, includes ORR. Avalon
2Route 2 (Pitts) - from New Gower Street to Legion Road. Avalon
3Route 1 (TCH) - Foxtrap to WhitbourneAvalon
4Route 75 - TCH to CarbonearAvalon
5Route 1 (TCH) - from Whitbourne to ClarenvilleEastern
6Route 1 (TCH) - from Notre Dame Junction to GanderCentral
7Route 1 (TCH) - from Gander to Grand Falls-WindsorCentral
8Route 350 (Botwood Highway) - from TCH to BotwoodCentral
9Route 430 - from Deer Lake to Rocky HarbourWestern
10Route 1 (TCH) - Corner Brook to Deer Lake Western
11Route 450/450AWestern
12Route 1 (TCH) - Corner Brook to Stephenville Western
13Route 460 from Stephenville to Cold Brook DepotWestern

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Media contact:

Brian Scott
Manager of Media Relations
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-1758, 725-9201
brianscott@gov.nl.ca

2016 12 22                              3:30 p.m.