Veterans Highway gets expanded snowclearing
Early morning and late night commuters on Veterans Memorial Highway from the Trans Canada Highway turn off to Carbonear can breathe a little easier during the long winter months after the Newfoundland and Labrador government announced the trunk road’s addition to the 24-hour snow clearing program during a release late last week.
The program was scheduled to begin Sunday, Dec. 4.
Town of Carbonear Mayor Sam Slade is looking forward to seeing the program in action.
“It should make things more convenient for the early morning commuters, that’s for sure,” he said.
Slade said he has “questioned it for years,” adding the towns of Bay Roberts and Heart’s Content are looked after by the Department of Transportation depots in the towns.
“I’m delighted,” he said. “Hopefully, some good things come out of it.”
Transportation and Works Minister Tom Hedderson said the government is “pleased to be able to add another section of road, and some extended hours of operation to the program.”
Normally, snowclearing crews work from 4:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. across the province.
For areas now included in the expanded program, hours have shifted to a 24-hour a day, five-day-a-week basis beginning on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. and going until 9:30 p.m. the following Friday.
However, this would leave the time between late Friday evening and Sunday evening as periods when the schedule falls back to its original schedule.
“The 24-hour snow clearing pro-
Sam Slade is the mayor of Carbonear
gram helps enhance our snowclearing efforts on some of the busiest highways in our province,” said Hedderson.