Vet­er­ans High­way gets ex­panded snow­clear­ing

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

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.

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