Transportation and Works
May 3, 2017

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

Provincial Government to Test Night Time Construction for Road Work

Mr. Speaker, we’re committed to exploring new ways to manage road improvement projects for the betterment of the travelling public.

In recent years, there has been much public conversation related to night time road construction and the potential benefits to our province. It is viewed by many as a way to help reduce slowdowns and interruptions during the day when there are more people on our highways.

I am pleased to inform my Honourable colleagues that this summer, the Department of Transportation and Works is moving forward with a pilot project for night time construction.

A contract has been awarded to Concord Paving Limited of Carbonear to complete a paving project on the Trans-Canada Highway from Kenmount Road to Salmonier Line at night.

Testing night time construction for road work is a commitment of The Way Forward and part of our efforts to improve the way we do business.

Mr. Speaker, the safety of motorists and construction crews is a priority for our government and will be a key consideration in the project. The pilot will also test the effectiveness and value of construction at night. A report will be prepared at the end of the project which will consider such factors as safety, productivity, costs and impacts on motorists and residents.

Mr. Speaker, we look forward to conducting this pilot and to sharing the results with residents early next fall.

Thank you.

2017 05 03                              2:40 p.m.