Drivers detoured through Pasadena

Paul Hutchings
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PASADENA  One good thing has come out of the current traffic reroute through Pasadena — it’s good for business.

The Trans-Canada Highway at Exit 12, which washed out Monday night, has been closed and traffic is being rerouted through Pasadena. 

The local Irving gas station reported higher than normal sales following the decision to divert traffic from the Trans-Canada Highway after a washout took out a lane at Exit 12 Monday night.

Irving manager Susan Pittman said the numbers aren’t in yet, but she and her staff noticed more cars and customers on Thursday.

Pasadena Mayor Gary Bishop said highway traffic could be rerouted through Pasadena for up to a month after the westbound section of the highway between exits 12 and 13 was closed off this week.

A large portion of the off ramp has been washed away, meaning crews had to reroute drivers at Exit 13, bringing them back onto the highway at Exit 11, then straight through the town on the main road. Coincidentally, that main road used to be the Trans-Canada Highway, which is a reason Bishop is not concerned about whether the road can take the extra traffic.

“The road can handle the traffic going through, it’s just a matter of people being patient at intersections,” he said.

Bishop said he has been in touch with the provincial Department of Transportation and was told the reason for the road closure is to err on the side of caution to make sure there is no more erosion than has already occurred. He was told the timeline for repairs could take a couple of weeks, but added his own feeling that it could be a month.

“There’s quite a gaping hole there that needs to be repaired. It’s a drop-off of probably 30 or 40 feet,” he said. “It’s going to take a lot of backfill, a lot of repair, but I think in a couple of weeks they should be able to have one lane back open (on the highway).”

The latest statement from the province says workers will build an access road to beach level so appropriate test equipment can be transported and used. Closing both lanes on the highway was to ensure the safety of both the traveling public and workers onsite, who will now have more space in which to work.

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Organizations: Trans-Canada Highway, Department of Transportation

Geographic location: Pasadena

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  • Jack you are an Idiot
    May 06, 2013 - 14:29

    @Dave, no i font have a clue about "slanderous", i mispoke and now i fo have a clue, i meant libel (defamation by written or printed words). Happy?

  • dave
    May 04, 2013 - 19:28

    i love it when people throw around the word "slanderous" when you font have a clue what it is

  • Jack you are an Idiot
    May 03, 2013 - 08:06

    Well two things, Jack, the fix at TN NP needed to be fixed right away, how are people supposed to travel east or west with no reroute like the one possible in Pasadena? Safety is paramount, but I suppose you are a tough NLer. Second, contractors build to specifications the government engineers require, they do not choose to do a subpar job. Are you suggesting all of the employees, engineers to flagpeople, purposely built a substandard road? That's is slanderous and criminal. Keep hiding and resenting, idiot.

    • Jack
      May 03, 2013 - 11:42

      The fix at TCH near Pasadena should be done right away as well this stretch is along the largest population centre in the province outside the Avalon, being the Humber Valley region (includes Corner Brook and Bay of Islands areas). No, I am not suggesting that all contractors do a subpar job. However, ever since I came here from Nova Scotia almost five years ago, when I see roads repaired and then crumble in a short period of time, then you know that something is wrong. And another thing, I think you're the one being slanderous for calling me an idiot, and you should be lucky that this comment was not removed. At the end of the day, regardless of whether or not there's an alternate route, if major road erosion occurs, it must be fixed in a timely manner or it will get worse. That's why the TCH west bound street between Exit 13 and 12 has to be fixed as soon as possible or the damage will spread due to further erosion regardless of alternate routes or not.

  • Kay
    May 03, 2013 - 07:59

    I think the difference between the Terra Nova washout and this one is that there is an alternate route here on the West Coast. Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm not entirely sure if there was an existing alternate route in Terra Nova (haven't been that way in quite some time).

  • Jack
    May 03, 2013 - 06:27

    Another problem with our roads is that even though Newfoundland and Labrador are well known for its harsh weather, too bad contractors cannot build highways strong enough to withstand our harsh environment, and now we are paying a price for their incompetence.

  • Jack
    May 03, 2013 - 06:22

    My concern about the major road erosion at the TCH (Trans Canada Highway) near Pasadena is that Western Newfoundlanders are not being treated fairly, and here's why. When the TCH at Terra Nova National Park had similar road erosion in 2010 due to Hurricane Igor and 2012 due to a another rainstorm, that section was fixed in less than a week. However, I learned that the similar road erosion at Pasadena will take a month or two. As a result, since the TCH at Terra Nova National Park took less than a week to fix, but the similar road erosion at Pasadena take much longer, the concern is that the Newfoundland and Labrador Government is not being fair to us. Since the current sinkhole occurred along the largest population centre outisde the Avalon, being the Humber Valley region, we should get equal attention in disaster related road repair like Central or Eastern Newfoundland counterparts, but forced to wait much longer. From now on Dunderdale, be fair.