Transportation and Works
July 11, 2008
Minister to Visit Labrador and View Construction of Trans Labrador Highway
The Honorable Dianne Whalen, Minister of Transportation and Works, will travel to Labrador on Monday for a week of meetings with community leaders in various municipalities and to get a first-hand look at improvements to the Trans Labrador Highway (TLH).
"It is vitally important to hear suggestions from all communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador on ways this government can improve upon the transportation service we provide," said Minister Whalen. "I am pleased to have this opportunity to speak directly with those in Labrador about issues facing this region."
Minister Whalen has an extensive schedule planned, with visits to Rigolet, Makkovik, Nain, Postville, Natuashish, Hopedale, Mary�s Harbour, Williams Harbour and Black Tickle. Discussions will focus on improving marine and air access to these communities.
On the morning of Thursday, July 17, the minister will also survey the construction work taking place on Phase I of the Trans Labrador Highway, near Happy Valley-Goose Bay. A media advisory with further details will be issued next week. The Provincial Government is currently in the second year of a five-year plan, valued at over $100 million, to widen and hard-surface 530 kilometres of Phase I of the TLH between Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Wabush.
"One of the Williams Government�s original Blueprint commitments was completing construction of the Trans Labrador Highway and it is a top priority to keep that promise," said Minister Whalen. "I�m excited to have the opportunity to see what�s happening on the ground in Labrador."
This year the Provincial Government will cost-share $45 million with the Federal Government to widen and hard surface Phase I of the TLH. Additionally, the province will invest $17 million for construction of approximately 50 kilometres of Phase III.
"Minister Whelan has demonstrated a keen interest in the thoughts and ideas of community leaders throughout Labrador," said the Honourable John Hickey, Minister of Labrador Affairs. "As this government moves forward with its mandate under the Northern Strategic Plan for Labrador to improve and advance road, marine and air infrastructure, it is essential to have the direct input of the people who use these modes of transportation. Minister Whalen will have the invaluable opportunity to receive that input face-to-face."
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