High­ways to get brush cut

The Compass - - ORTHTE -

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.

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