Transportation and Works
October 16, 2017

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Steve Crocker, Minister of Transportation and Works:

Minister Crocker Provides Update on Night Time Road Construction Pilot Project

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in this Honourable House to recognize a significant achievement in the way our government upgrades road infrastructure in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Last month, our government began an innovative project that looked at ways we can reduce slowdowns at high traffic periods of the day on our highways during the construction season.

As part of our night time road construction pilot project, seven sections of the Trans-Canada Highway from Kenmount Road to Salmonier Line were paved at night.

Work began at 7:00 p.m. after the evening rush hour, and ended each morning by 6:00 a.m. Detours were in place overnight to ensure the safety of the travelling public and the men and women working on the roads.

Mr. Speaker, I’m proud to say this is the first time in our province’s long history that a Provincial Government has undertaken road construction at night.

Now that this work has been completed, we will review the project in the weeks ahead and look at things such as safety, productivity, costs and impacts on motorists to determine if we will consider more night time projects in the future.

Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to finding new ways to upgrade road infrastructure that lessens the impact on residents and tourists. We look forward to sharing the report on this project early in the new year.

Thank you.

2017 10 16                              1:50 p.m.