Brush clearing begins on Random Island
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.
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.