© Geraldine Brophy
Provincial Paving has been awarded the contract to repair and repave the intersection of Mill Road and Lewin Parkway.
CORNER BROOK — While the province’s transportation network has come a long way in the last 10 years, Transportation and Works Minister Paul Davis said there’s still work to do.
“There’s still roads that need work, we need to continue to do maintenance on our highways, we’ll always need to continue to do that,” Davis told a group of his workers and some municipal and provincial officials Wednesday at the department’s regional depot on Lundrigan Drive in Corner Brook.
The minister was in the city to announce funding for upgrades to the Lewin Parkway. Davis said just over $955,000 will be spent on the road.
The money is part of a $60-million provincial roads program which Davis said demonstrates the importance the province puts on continuing to make investments in infrastructure.
Of the money for the Lewin Parkway, more than $850,000 will go to repairing and repaving sections of the road. Marine Contractors was awarded the contract for the work, some of which has already started in the area just after the intersection with Cpl. Pinksen Memorial Drive out towards Lundrigan Drive.
Another $105,484 of the money for the Lewin Parkway will be spent in the area of the intersection with Mill Road.
Provincial Paving has been awarded the contract to repair and repave the intersection.
“Our goal is to get it done this year,” said Davis, but he noted that will depend on the weather conditions and the availability of equipment and road crews.
But that’s not all that’s happening in the western region.
Route 440 on the south shore of the Bay of Islands will see an investment of $318,00 to mill and resurface a section of road in the area of Cook’s Brook.
Davis also said the province has spent about $1 million in the Pasadena area to make repairs to Exit 12 on the Trans-Canada Highway following the collapse of the road in late April.
The collapse is being blamed on high water levels in Deer Lake this past spring. Less than a week after the closure of Exit 12, the department closed Exit 13, just a little further west, due to what it called areas of concern.
Davis described what he saw in visits to the area as cracks in the pavement.
“If you go out and look at it you can very easily see how the asphalt is heaved, cracked,” he said. “The engineers are telling me that the problem that we’re seeing on the surface of the road is not a result of construction of the road itself. It is an undermining of the undisturbed original ground under the road.”
With both exits closed and traffic re-routed to the eastbound lanes of the highway, reconstruction of the area took place throughout the summer.
Davis said the repairs at Exit 12 are now coming to a conclusion. He said in the coming days the exit will be reopened and changes will then be made to the re-routing of traffic with westbound traffic moved to the westbound lane and east-bound traffic temporarily re-routed through the town.
The separation of traffic is necessary for a couple of days, Davis said, to allow for the changes in the signage in the area and repainting of highway markings. Once that’s completed, he said the eastbound section will be reopened for two-way traffic to move it away from Exit 13.
Work in the area of Exit 13 is to continue into the fall, and Davis was confident it would be finished before the end of the year.
Work is also expected to start in the near future on resurfacing of the Trans-Canada Highway between Deer Lake and Pasadena.
Davis said the contract for this work is valued at $1.9 million.
Davis also highlighted some joint federal-provincial projects that either have, or will, result in improvements to area roads.
The first is the $6.5 million project to complete paving of the four-lane highway from Massey Drive to Lady Slipper Road. The work is being carried out by Marine Contractors and it’s hoped a base coat of pavement will soon be laid and the four lanes opened to traffic.
Part of the four-lane project includes the construction of a single-span bridge over Corner Brook Stream. Davis said a separate $1.4 million contract for that work was awarded to Johnson’s Construction.
He also noted that last year a $4 million rehabilitation project was completed on the Trans-Canada Highway between Corner Brook and Pinchgut Lake.
Recently another $5 million contract was awarded to Humber Valley Paving for rehabilitation of the highway from the Burgeo interchange out to the west access to Stephenville.