Transportation and Works
December 5, 2017

Minister Crocker Highlights Snow Clearing Enhancements on Provincial Highways

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in this Honourable House today to highlight the significant strides our government has made toward enhancing the quality and capacity of our snow clearing services for the 2018 winter season.

Most recently I was pleased to announce our province’s first-ever tow plow – an innovative new piece of snow clearing equipment that can clear snow and spread salt on two lanes at the same time, allowing for greater efficiency and better allocation of equipment.

The new tow plow has been assigned to the Trans-Canada Highway from Salmonier Line to Route 2 Interchange and is a welcome addition to our fleet of more than 300 flyers throughout the province.

Our government provides numerous tools to help motorists plan for a safe trip, including highway cameras at 31 locations, online road condition reports, the ongoing Snow Means Slow road safety campaign, Twitter updates using the #nltraffic hashtag, and more tools coming in the near future.

It's also important to highlight the hard work and dedication of the more than 700 women and men throughout the province who work day and night, often in dangerous conditions, to make our roads safe for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. As in previous years, when weather conditions warrant, snow removal will take place 24-hours-a-day on our 13 busiest routes.

Mr. Speaker, while we continue to provide effective snow clearing services for the safety of all who travel our roads, we remind motorists the best way to ensure safety is to slow down, pay attention and drive to conditions.

Mr. Speaker, Snow Means Slow.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.


2017 12 05                                                    1:55 p.m.