Transportation and Works
October 9, 2019

Brush Clearing Underway on Provincial Highways

More than 400 hectares of brush along provincial highways will be cleared this fall to increase highway safety. A complete list of highways where brush clearing will occur is available in the backgrounder below.

Budget 2019 allocated approximately $2 million for brush clearing this year. Over the last two years, the Department of Transportation and Works has invested more than $4 million in brush clearing, resulting in more than 800 hectares cleared.

Brush clearing makes it easier for motorists to spot animals near the highway, increases visibility in areas with turns and hills, provides more space for snow removal, and makes highway signs easier to see. Areas identified for brush clearing were determined based on factors such as traffic volumes, visibility and moose-vehicle collision rates.

The Department of Transportation and Works has also provided a grant of $27,500 again this year to assist the Save Our People Action Committee (SOPAC) in its efforts to increase advertising on radio and to operate the moose awareness hotline: 1-855-896-6673.

For advice on how to avoid moose-vehicle collisions and other tools to prepare for safe highway driving, visit www.roads.gov.nl.ca.

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“Our annual investments of approximately $2 million for brush clearing have led to hundreds of hectares of brush along provincial highways being cleared each year resulting in safer highways for all motorists. While we increase highway safety, we also encourage all motorists to drive responsibly and scan sides of highway when travelling.”
Honourable Steve Crocker
Minister of Transportation and Works 

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Learn more
Brush Clearing Enhances Safety Along Provincial Highways

Provincial Government Provides Update on Brush Clearing Along Provincial Highways 

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Media contact
Brian Scott
Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 725-9201
brianscott@gov.nl.ca 

BACKGROUNDER

List of highways where brush clearing will occur this fall.

Region

Highway

Avalon

Route 70 – Various Sections (between Bay Roberts and Harbour Grace)

Route 73 – New Harbour Barrens

Route – 70-54 – Low Point Road

Route 92 - North Harbour to Branch

Route 92-10 - Southside Road

Eastern

Route 1 - TCH between Glovertown and Gambo Bridge

Route 210 – Burin Peninsula Highway (Sections between Red Harbour and Marystown)

Route 234 - Winter Brook Road, Lethbridge to Jamestown, Charleston to Sweet Bay

Central

Route 330 - Gander Bay Highway (Various Sections)

Route 340 – Little Burnt Bay Area

Route 341 - Between Lewisporte and Laurenceton

Route 360 - Bay D’Espoir Highway

Route 350 - Botwood Highway (Various Sections)

Route 392 - Beachside Road

Route 418 - Ming’s Bight Road

Western

Route 1 - TCH between Exit 2 to Stephenville and Port Aux Basques

Route 403 - Flat Bay Road

Route 420 – White Bay South Highway (Various Sections)

Route 430 - Northern Peninsula Highway (Sections between St. Anthony and Saunder’s Mill)

Route 430-21 - Loop Cow Head Road

Route 432 - Main Brook Highway

Route 460 - White's Road / Hansen Memorial Highway / Kippens Road / Port au Port Highway

Route 461 - St. George’s Highway

Route 470 - La Poile Highway

Route 480 - Burgeo Highway

Labrador

Route 516 – Cartwright Access Road (Paradise River to Cartwright Junction)

2019 10 09                              2:10 p.m.