TRINITY-CONCEPTION-PLACENTIA, NL — There’s no shortage of work to be done on provincial highways in the Trinity-Conception-Placentia area in 2018.
According to the Department of Transportation and Works’ recently updated Five-Year Provincial Roads Plan, there are at least nine projects earmarked for the region in the 2018-19 fiscal year.
The province will upgrade and pave the Conception Bay Highway (Route 70) in Harbour Grace between the turn offs to Bristol’s Hope and CHVO Drive, replace the Freshwater Pond Brook Bridge near Clown’s Cove in Freshwater and pulverize and pave the highway from Caplin Cove to where it meets Route 80 (also known as the Trinity South Highway).
On Route 80, government will pulverize, upgrade and pave sections near New Chelsea and New Melbourne and realign sightlines at Pond Road (a multi-year project), replace the Brownsdale River Bridge and do some road work in Blaketown. The province is also planning to pulverize and repave some of the Heart’s Content Barrens.
In the Placentia area, government is going to replace the Little Barasway Brook Bridge.
As was the case in 2017, the province will also complete some mill and fill work on Veteran’s Memorial Highway.
The five-year plan concept for provincial roads was introduced in 2017, with approximately 75 per cent of the work earmarked for 2018 initially announced last year. The department developed a scoring system to help prioritize road work based on safety, traffic volumes, social and economic impacts, input
from engineers and input from motorists.