Highways to get brush cut
A contract has been awarded that will see approximately 28 kilometres of brush cleared along highways in the Trinity-Conception region.
The sections of highway to be cleared are Route 73, New Harbour Road (approximately nine kilometers), and Route 75, Veterans Memorial Highway, from North River toward Harbour Grace (approximately 19 kilometres).
“Brush clearing along highways has been identified as a best practice as it increases driver visibility around intersections, and provides for unobstructed views of signage and potential hazards such as moose,” said Minister of Transportation and Works Tom Hedderson in an Aug. 18 news release.
“Our government has invested in a dedicated brush clearing program since 2006 and we are pleased to continue the program this year,” Hedderson added.
Areas that are cleared of brush this year will also be treated to help control vegitation next year, ensuring up to 10 years of brushfree highway rights-of-way in treated areas.
In July, the provincial government announced it was spending approximately $5 million for a series of initiatives aimed at reducing the number of moose-vehicle collisions in the province.
As part of that investment, an additional $1 million was added to the annual $2 million brush clearing and vegetation control budget.