Brush clear­ing be­gins on Ran­dom Is­land

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Editorial - BY BAR­BARA DEAN-SIM­MONS

Driv­ers who com­mute along Route 231 (Ran­dom Is­land) and Route 232 (Har­court to Bur­goyne’s Cove) will soon have a much clearer field of vi­sion.

Work started Fri­day, Aug. 31, to clear brush along the sides of the roads of these busy routes.

A con­struc­tion com­pany from Tor­bay, un­der con­tract to the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion, Works and Ser­vices, will clear 15 hectares of brush along these routes.

A spokesper­son for the com­pany says the first sec­tion to be cleared is from Ran­dom Heights to the Hef­fer­ton cause­way on Ran­dom Is­land.

Then they will move to Har­court to be­gin clear­ing the sides of the road from Har­court to Bur­goyne’s Cove.

Af­ter that, the equip­ment will re­turn to Ran­dom Is­land to con­tinue to clear brush from Ran­dom Heights to El­liott’s Cove — to com­plete the 15 hectares of clear­ing.

The com­pany spokesman says they hope to have all the work com­pleted by the end of Novem­ber.

Peo­ple who live in these ar­eas have raised con­cerns in the past about the dense brush along­side the road. These ar­eas have pop­u­la­tions of moose and other wildlife, and driv­ers have com­plained that the vege­ta­tion close to the road im­pedes line of sight for driv­ers, cre­at­ing a driv­ing haz­ard.

BAR­BARA DEAN-SIM­MONS — THE PACKET

Heavy equip­ment be­gan work on Fri­day, Aug. 31, to clear brush from the side of the high­way on Route 231, Ran­dom Is­land. Route 232 is also in­cluded in this con­tract.

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