The town council has advocated continuously for upgrades to Harvey Street, a road owned by the provincial government that's part of the old Conception Bay Highway. Some sections have been repaved over the years, but there remain lots of bumpy sections along the stretch closest to Riverhead.
Last Friday, Premier Dwight Ball announced $38.8 million in spending to support improvements to municipal infrastructure. $29.3 million of that spending comes from a joint federal-provincial initiative called the Small Communities Fund, and it's through that project the Town of Harbour Grace is set to receive $1,658,493 for phase four of Harvey Street upgrades, which will include roadwork and water and sewer upgrades. The town will contribute almost $373,600 towards the projected cost of the work, valued at over $2-million.
"It's great — finally," Mayor Terry Barnes told The Compass when asked about his reaction to news of funding for Harvey Street. "This is long overdue."
Barnes added this is work many people in the town have wanted to see happen for quite some time.
"It's something that was promised to the town 10 years ago, and just finally getting approvals from the government now to continue on — it's wonderful."
Among other Trinity-Conception municipalities supported through the Small Communities Fund, the Town of Carbonear is getting just over $399,000 for water and sewer upgrades on Water Street, with the town contributing $150,993 on top of that amount.
Salmon Cove is receiving $538,660 in federal-provincial funds for water and sewer installations, with the total cost estimated at $660,000. Winterton will get $134,528 from the two levels of government to go towards $247,250-worth of upgrades to the local recreation centre, and Victoria has $184,258 coming its way for roadwork and water and sewer upgrades on Cole's Road valued at $225,763.
Other funded projects announced last Friday
• Heart's Content: Track Road upgrading and paving ($22,702 from Small Communities Fund, $50,067 total value)
• Heart's Delight-Islington: water system upgrades ($48,969 from Small Communities Fund, $60,000 total value)
• Marysvale: Main Road well upgrades ($154,929 from Small Communities Fund, $189,829 total value)
• Marysvale: water line valve & post/flush hydrant installation ($75,349 from Small Communities Fund, $92,323 total value)
• New Perlican: water main upgrades — installing poly pigging system ($123,117 from Small Communities Fund, $150,851 total value)
• Winterton: fire hall upgrades ($27,205 from the provincial Municipal Capital Works Program, $50,000 total value)