140 kilometres of highway to be paved
© Derek Montague
Nick McGrath, transportation and works minister, announced a tender for 140 kilometres of paving to be done on the Trans-Labrador Highway. McGrath made the announcement at a Labrador North Chamber of Commerce luncheon held on April 17.
The provincial government has released a tender for paving work to be done on 140 kilometres of the Trans-Labrador Highway, Nick McGrath, Minister of Transportation and Works, recently announced.
The tender includes 80 kilometres of paving between Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Cartwright Junction, due to be completed by the fall of 2015.
The other 60 kilometres of paving will be done between Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Churchill Falls, and is scheduled to be completed later this year.
As well, the tender includes upgrades and pavement repairs on Route 520 (between Northwest River and Happy Valley-Goose Bay). Upgrades and repairs will also be done on certain locations of Hamilton River Road, and between Markland Road and London Street in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The repairs and upgrades are expected to be completed in 2014.
“These are exciting developments that brings us closer to completing one of the largest road infrastructure projects in the province’s history,” said McGrath on April 17, at a Labrador North Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
“With more than half-a-billion dollars invested, to date, we are looking forward to the completion of the Trans-Labrador Highway and to fulfilling our promise to the people of Labrador.”
At the luncheon, McGrath hailed his government for being committed to improving transportation across the province. The transportation and works minister said that linking the province is important for the economy.
“Strengthening the provincial transportation network, through investments totaling $1.6 billion have also marked our commitment to advancing key infrastructure,” said McGrath.
“Socially and commercially we all gain from improved transportation linkages.”
McGrath said his department wants roadwork to get started as soon as possible across the province.
“This year, we are making one of the largest investments ever in the provincial roads program and are getting a head start on work, by releasing tenders much earlier in the year than in the past,” said McGrath.
“Private contractors have responded favourably to early tenders and will also benefit, as they are able to better recruit and retain workers.”