Minister of Transportation and Works Al Hawkins released the provincial government’s Five-Year Provincial Roads Plan, along with the full list of road tenders for 2017-18. The plan uses an evidence-based approach to build, renew and maintain transportation infrastructure and takes full advantage of Newfoundland and Labrador’s short construction season while allowing for more competitive bidding.
This year, $77.2 million has been allocated for the Provincial Roads Program. Tenders for the 2017-18 construction season will be issued in three blocks beginning January 31.
“There is significant demand for improvements to road infrastructure throughout Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Hawkins. “That is why it is so important for our government to establish this evidence-based, multi-year approach, which is open and transparent, reflects engineering assessments and input from the general public, and allows government to get the best value for taxpayers’ money. Our new approach also embraces innovation as a means to improve the longevity of our roads and reduce maintenance costs.”
During a public consultation in fall 2016, the department received more than 560 submissions from the general public on road work. Road projects were also prioritized using factors such as traffic volumes, safety, and socio-economic impacts, and selected based on evidence and input of the department’s engineers, industry and users of provincial roads and highways. The plan includes pilot projects for nighttime construction and asphalt testing.
The roads plan will be updated annually with a progress report on projects from the previous years. Projects will be added with each update and will include a complete list for that specific fiscal year.
To view the Five-Year Provincial Roads Plan which includes the full list of projects for 2017-18, visit: www.tw.gov.nl.ca/TenderingandContracts/PDF/5yearplan.pdf.