Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure announced that paving of eight kilometres will begin this summer on the Trans-Canada Highway in southwestern Newfoundland between South Branch and Overfalls Brook.

A contract valued at approximately $6.6 million has been awarded to Marine Contractors Ltd. to complete the work during this construction season.

The work is planned for the same vicinity of the highway that was damaged during heavy rains in November 2021. The work is unrelated to work completed last fall.

“People who travel in this region know the condition of the highway,” said Elvis Loveless, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “This work, in addition to the work completed last fall and work planned for next year, will lead to a more secure and safer drive for people travelling in this part of the province.”

The contract also includes:

  • Brush clearing and ditching between South Branch and Overfalls Brook;
  • Replacing culverts and repairing shoulders between Blue Ponds and Beaver Pond Road; and
  • Ditching and paving of approximately 1,300 metres of Cold Brook Road.
  • Other work on the Trans-Canada Highway between Blue Ponds and Pinchgut Lake and Cape Ray to South Branch is being planned for 2023-24.

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