Up­grades soon for Bay Roberts high­way

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NICHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

Of­fi­cials with the Town of Bay Roberts are hop­ing to see work started on the Con­cep­tion Bay High­way by the end of this month.

This work would in­clude com­plet­ing the new lift sta­tion near the Ma­sonic Lodge and the resur­fac­ing of a stretch of the thor­ough­fare from Saw­dust Road to the lift sta­tion at Farm Road, just be­yond the traf­fic lights at the in­ter­sec­tion for L.T. Stick Drive.

The lift sta­tion at Saw­dust Road has to be closed down, and a pipe con­nected to the sta­tion on the other side of the high­way.

In or­der to make that con­nec­tion, there has to be a two me­tre wide cut made across the road.

Sean Elms, the di­rec­tor of pub­lic works with Bay Roberts, said the pref­er­ence is for there to be a short amount of time be­tween when the cut is made across the road and when as­phalt will be ap­plied.

“When that cut is done, the paving will be done right af­ter,” he said. “That’s the plan any­way.”

It is com­mon prac­tice for paving ini­tia­tives to start once the as­phalt plants re­open af­ter the Vic­to­ria Day long week­end. It is at this time when tem­per­a­tures are at the cor­rect lev­els for the as­phalt to cor­rectly take hold.

“The im­por­tant thing is get­ting the right tem­per­a­tures … oth­er­wise, when you’re driv­ing around, you’ll get the ruts,” said Elms.

There is also the pos­si­bil­ity that the cut could be made be­fore May 24, which would leave an­other rough area for mo­torists to travel over.

Elms is op­ti­mistic about the com­ple­tion of the pro­ject, even though it has ex­pe­ri­enced nu­mer­ous delays.

The work was sched­uled as a part of a cap­i­tal works pro­ject val­ued at some $3 mil­lion when started in late July 2011, and it was sched­uled to fin­ish in the fall of the same year.

He would like to see work fin­ished by the end of June, be­gin­ning of July.

“As soon as the plants open, it’d be nice to get it all done then and get the lines on,” said Elms. “When school ends, it’d be nice to have all of the road there, be­cause that’s when, what I call, the sum­mer sea­son starts.”

At­tempts to con­tact a rep­re­sen­ta­tive with the depart­ment of trans­porta­tion and works were un­suc­cess­ful.

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