Transportation and Works
October 28, 2008
Provincial Government Launching 24-Hour Snow Clearing Pilot Project
For the first time in almost 30 years, 24-hour snow clearing will be available on various parts of the Trans Canada Highway (TCH) and some major trunk roads in this province.
The Honourable Dianne Whalen, Minister of Transportation and Works, announced today that the Provincial Government is introducing limited 24-hour snow clearing as part of a pilot project this winter. Minister Whalen made the announcement during a news conference at the Department of Transportation and Works depot in Clarenville.
"As always, this government is committed to providing motorists with safe winter driving conditions," said Minister Whalen. "This pilot project will allow Transportation and Works staff to determine the effectiveness, necessity and long-term sustainability of 24-hour snow clearing."
The last time the province had any 24-hour, snow-clearing coverage on the Trans Canada Highway and trunk roads was 1979.
The Provincial Government has invested $1.7 million to launch the pilot project, which will provide coverage in high-traffic areas of the Trans Canada Highway and major trunk roads. Approximately $1.3 million of this cost will be associated with additional salt/sand purchases, fuel and increased maintenance.
Sections of the Trans Canada Highway that will receive 24-hour snow-clearing coverage this winter are:
Trunk roads that will receive 24-hour snow-clearing coverage are:
All sections in this year�s pilot project were included based on Department of Transportation and Works traffic counts that indicate high traffic volumes.
Normally, the Department of Transportation and Works has snow-clearing crews working from approximately 4:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The pilot project will have crews working around the clock to keep roads clear of snow and ice.Minister Whalen says sections of road not included in the pilot project will continue to receive necessary coverage.
"As per usual, our snow plows will work past 9:30 p.m. if a storm is coming to an end and continue early in the morning," said Minister Whalen. "And in case of emergencies, ambulance and fire truck operators can call our 24-hour dispatch and plows will be dispatched immediately."
Contact information for the various 24-hour dispatch services is available at the following internet link: //www.roads.gov.nl.ca/winterdriving/default.stm.
Minister Whalen said sections not included in the coverage area this winter could be included in the future, depending on the outcome of this year�s pilot project.
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Photo #1: The Honourable Dianne Whalen, Minister of Transportation and Works, pictured here at the departmental depot in Clarenville, today announced that 24-hour snow clearing will be available on various parts of the Trans Canada Highway and some major trunk roads in the province.
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