© Star photo by Geraldine Brophy
Work continues on the divided highway just west of Corner Brook near the Massey Drive turn off on Thursday.
CORNER BROOK There should be a layer of asphalt over the new section of divided highway at the western entrance to Corner Brook before the snow flies.
The project has been ongoing for the past two years. In an interview Thursday, Transportation and Works Minister Paul Davis provided an update on the project.
He said the first coating of new pavement should be laid along the stretch of four lanes between Massey Drive and the Corner Brook Stream area this fall.
“That will depend on the progress and work delays,” said Davis. “Weather is a big issue in these types of projects.”
There are actually two separate contracts ongoing in the area, including a second contract to pave the highway further west, out around Lady Slipper Road.
The work on the highway is also being coordinated in close quarters with the City of Corner Brook’s water treatment plant project, which means the government and city contractors have had to communicate quite often.
Soon, said Davis, drivers will have a safer highway to drive over.
“It is a heavily used piece of road at times and it was a narrow road with a bend in it,” he said. “These are significant upgrades and I know the people out there are looking forward to it being done.”
The provincial government regularly monitors stretches of highway to determine traffic volume and capacity. Davis said there are no current plans to construct more stretches of divided highway elsewhere in western Newfoundland.