A wel­come sight

Mayor Tom Rose elated with im­prove­ments to Hansen High­way

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - BY FRANK GALE frank.gale@thewest­ern­star.com Twit­ter: @WS_FrankGale

Mayor Tom Rose is elated that two safety is­sues are be­ing ad­dressed with the up­grades to a sec­tion of the Hansen High­way lead­ing into Stephenville.

Mayor Tom Rose is elated that two safety is­sues are be­ing ad­dressed with the up­grades to a sec­tion of the Hansen High­way lead­ing into Stephenville.

He said in ad­di­tion to some very bad dips in the road be­ing taken care of, the work is also deal­ing with a width fac­tor.

Rose said this sec­tion of road was be­low the stan­dard width for sec­ondary high­ways and now it will be an ex­tra me­tre wider.

Another as­pect of the work that he is pleased with on the con­struc­tion be­ing done by Ma­rine Con­trac­tors Inc. is that they are re­mov­ing all the paving ma­te­rial and putting down Class A gravel prior to the new pave­ment. He be­lieves it will make a smooth new sur­face.

He is also hoping that Trans­porta­tion and Works will take care of the is­sue with the buildup of silt un­der the bridge in Noel’s Pond.

John Finn, MHA for Stephenville – Port au Port, said he’s ex­tremely pleased to see the sig­nif­i­cant work be­ing com­pleted on Route 460.

“Af­ter many years of ne­glect from the pre­vi­ous govern­ment, to say this work was long over­due is an un­der­state­ment. Ma­rine Con­tract­ing is do­ing an ex­cel­lent job in a very timely fash­ion,” he said.

Finn said an in­spec­tion of Warm Creek Bridge was com­pleted in spring 2018 by the De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion and Works that no struc­tural is­sues were iden­ti­fied and the bridge is safe for mo­torists.

He said the in­spec­tion did rec­om­mend dredg­ing to pre­vent ex­cess wa­ter lev­els from reach­ing the sur­face of the bridge dur­ing spring runoff and heavy rain­falls.

Finn said the De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion and Works re­cently re­ceived the per­mits to dredge the creek from the De­part­ment of Fish­eries and Oceans and the De­part­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and En­vi­ron­ment. The dredg­ing will take place this sum­mer.

He said fur­ther road work is sched­uled on Route 460 next year, while brush clear­ing will con­tinue this fall.

The cur­rent up­grades ex­tend from the in­ter­sec­tion with the road lead­ing into Gull Pond and with the in­ter­sec­tion with Brook Street in Stephenville.

FRANK GALE/THE WESTERN STAR

Ge­orge Brake, a flag­man with Ma­rine Con­trac­tors Inc., holds a sign to warn traf­fic to move slowly as a milling ma­chine is used be­hind him to cut up some of the old pave­ment on a por­tion of the Hansen High­way in Noel’s Pond.

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