Pub­lic in­vited to share thoughts on N.L.’s high­ways and bridges

The Packet (Clarenville) - - SPORTS -

Res­i­dents of New­found­land and Labrador are be­ing asked to iden­tify sec­tions of high­ways and bridges they think should be con­sid­ered for up­grad­ing in the pro­vin­cial govern­ment’s five-year roads plan.

Most of the projects for 2018 – 75 per cent – have al­ready been out­lined, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion and Works.

The plan’s flex­i­bil­ity, how­ever, al­lows for new projects to be added so that road con­di­tions that have de­te­ri­o­rated more than an­tic­i­pated in the past year and new is­sues iden­ti­fied by the pub­lic can be ad­dressed in a timely man­ner.

“This con­sul­ta­tion is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for res­i­dents to let govern­ment know which road con­di­tions and projects are most im­por­tant to them so that we can con­sider them for the sec­ond year of our five-year plan,” said Trans­porta­tion and Works Min­is­ter Steve Crocker.

It’s the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year the De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion and Works has con­sulted with peo­ple in the prov­ince to pri­or­i­tize road im­prove­ment projects.

More than 560 sub­mis­sions were sub­mit­ted dur­ing the first con­sul­ta­tion last year.

Par­tic­i­pants will be asked to iden­tify their re­gion, route name and num­ber and the near­est mu­nic­i­pal­ity or land­mark, fol­lowed by the type of is­sue they are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing.

The form can be found at www.en­ga­genl.ca and will be open for in­put from Nov. 3-21. Govern­ment is also ask­ing mo­torists im­pacted by this year’s night time road con­struc­tion pi­lot project for feed­back.

A file photo of the road to Elliston. The pro­vin­cial govern­ment is invit­ing the pub­lic to share their thoughts on which high­ways and bridges should be in­cluded for up­grades in the sec­ond year of its five-year roads plan.

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