Road work an­nounced for TCH

The Compass - - OPINION -

The provin­cial govern­ment has an­nounced that asphalt re­pairs will be made to sec­tions of the Trans Canada High­way be­tween Whit­bourne and Port Bland­ford.

The Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and Works has called a ten­der for asphalt re­pairs for sec­tions of the TCH start­ing at Whit­bourne and con­tin­u­ing west for a dis­tance of ap­prox­i­mately 75 kilo­me­tres. Repaving of sec­tions of the high­way will con­tinue on to Port Bland­ford.

Also in­cluded in the ten­der is pul­ver­iz­ing and paving sec­tions of Long Har­bour Road for a dis­tance of ap­prox­i­mately two kilo­me­tres.

“This is the most trav­elled high­way in our prov­ince and it is the back­bone of the high­way net­work,” said Trans­porta­tion and Works Min­is­ter Tom Hed­der­son. “This is an im­por­tant in­vest­ment in the main­te­nance of this high­way, which serves as a link be­tween our com­mu­ni­ties, and is vi­tal for mov­ing peo­ple and goods through­out the prov­ince.”

The 2012 provin­cial bud­get in­cludes an in­vest­ment of $165.1 mil­lion to en­hance provin­cial road and bridge in­fras­truc­ture, sup­ple­mented by $60 mil­lion in fed­eral govern­ment fund­ing, for a to­tal in­vest­ment in 2012-13 of $225.1 mil­lion.

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