Har­vey Street, Har­bour Grace up­grades gar­ner gov­ern­ment fund­ing

Money al­lo­cated from feds, prov­ince to other Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion towns

The Compass - - News - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

It looks like the Town of Har­bour Grace is re­ceiv­ing a much­needed gift from two lev­els of gov­ern­ment to ad­dress a road that’s seen bet­ter days.

The town coun­cil has ad­vo­cated con­tin­u­ously for up­grades to Har­vey Street, a road owned by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment that’s part of the old Con­cep­tion Bay High­way. Some sec­tions have been repaved over the years, but there re­main lots of bumpy sec­tions along the stretch clos­est to River­head.

On Fri­day, Sept. 1, Premier Dwight Ball an­nounced $38.8 mil­lion in spend­ing to sup­port im­prove­ments to mu­nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture. $29.3 mil­lion of that spend­ing comes from a joint fed­eral-pro­vin­cial ini­tia­tive called the Small Com­mu­ni­ties Fund, and it’s through that project the Town of Har­bour Grace is set to re­ceive $1,658,493 for phase four of Har­vey Street up­grades, which will in­clude road­work and water and sewer up­grades. The town will con­trib­ute al­most $373,600 to­wards the pro­jected cost of the work, val­ued at over $2-mil­lion.

“It’s great — fi­nally,” Mayor Terry Barnes told The Com­pass last Tues­day when asked for his re­ac­tion to news of fund­ing for Har­vey Street. “This is long over­due.”

Barnes added this is work many peo­ple in the town have wanted to see hap­pen for quite some time.

“It’s some­thing that was promised to the town 10 years ago, and just fi­nally get­ting ap­provals from the gov­ern­ment now to con­tinue on — it’s won­der­ful.”

This is long over­due. — Mayor Terry Barnes

Among other Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties sup­ported through the Small Com­mu­ni­ties Fund, the Town of Carbonear is get­ting just over $399,000 for water and sewer up­grades on Water Street, with the town con­tribut­ing $150,993 on top of that amount.

Salmon Cove is re­ceiv­ing $538,660 in fed­eral-pro­vin­cial funds for water and sewer in­stal­la­tions, with the to­tal cost es­ti­mated at $660,000. Win­ter­ton will get $134,528 from the two lev­els of gov­ern­ment to go to­wards $247,250-worth of up­grades to the lo­cal re­cre­ation cen­tre, and Vic­to­ria has $184,258 com­ing its way for road­work and water and sewer up­grades on Cole’s Road val­ued at $225,763.

Other funded projects an­nounced last Fri­day

Road up­grad­ing and paving ($22,702 from Small Com­mu­ni­ties Fund, $50,067 to­tal value) ($48,969 from Small Com­mu­ni­ties Fund, $60,000 to­tal value)

up­grades ($154,929 from Small Com­mu­ni­ties Fund, $189,829 to­tal value)

& post/flush hy­drant in­stal­la­tion ($75,349 from Small Com­mu­ni­ties Fund, $92,323 to­tal value) up­grades — in­stalling poly pig­ging sys­tem ($123,117 from Small Com­mu­ni­ties Fund, $150,851 to­tal value)

($27,205 from the pro­vin­cial Mu­nic­i­pal Cap­i­tal Works Pro­gram, $50,000 to­tal value)

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/THE COM­PASS

There are plenty of bumps and pot­holes to watch for when driv­ing along Har­vey Street in Har­bour Grace.

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