The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Transportation and Infrastructure announced that approximately 10 kilometres of roads on the Northern Peninsula will be improved following the awarding of a contract for road construction in the region.

“Our road construction contracts are improving highways throughout the province. Whether it’s for the Northern Peninsula Highway, Southern Shore Highway, or Trans-Canada Highway, this work is keeping our roads secure and safe,” said Elvis Loveless, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

A contract valued at $4.5 million has been awarded to Nortech Construction Co Ltd. to complete upgrades on Route 430, Northern Peninsula Highway, including 4.6 kilometres between Bear Cove and Green Island Cove, 2.8 kilometres south of Three Mile Rock, and 1.2 kilometres near the Route 430 intersection with Route 432.

“Paving rural highways is an investment in rural communities. It creates safer highways for everyone and increases the potential for tourism and economic growth,” said Premier Andrew Furey. “We look forward to completing more work in this area in future years and remind everyone to drive cautiously through highway construction sites.”

The contract also includes work on approximately one kilometre of Route 430-15, West Link Road.

The scope of work for all areas includes replacing culverts, clearing ditches, and paving, and work is expected to be completed later this construction season.

Other work planned for Route 430 includes repairs to Bowing Brook Bridge and Castor River Bridge next construction season.

“These are important road projects and will enhance safety on these much travelled routes in the district. I look forward to this work being completed this construction season and to repairs to Bowing Brook Bridge and Castor River Bridge next season. This work is a step forward and will benefit the residents of St. Barbe – L’Anse aux Meadows,” said Krista Lynn Howell, Minister of Municipal and Provincial Affairs.

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