Bob Byrnes is hopeful that because the Transportation and Works Minister is making an announcement at a special chamber meeting on Friday that it’s going to be in relation to the proposed White’s Road realignment.
Byrnes, who is president of the Bay St. George Chamber of Commerce, won’t be in attendance at the meeting but said in a recent telephone interview this issue of the road realignment has been ongoing for too long.
He said Joan Shea, MHA for St. George’s-Stephenville East, had requested the chamber hold this special meeting (post-provincial government budget announcement) and that she would also have Nick McGrath, who is Minister of Transportation and Works, in attendance.
Back in July of 2011, Tom Hedderson, minister of Transportation and Works, at the time announced a plan calling for the realignment of Route 460, White’s Road, to divert the highway around a flood prone area near Noel’s Pond and to upgrade a section of the highway at Gull Pond.
The total length of the proposed realignment is approximately 5.6 kilometres.
Byrnes said it was nine years ago when MHA Joan Shea first put together a transportation committee for her district and he was asked to sit on that group as a member representing the Stephenville town council.
“It was agreed then that Stephenville would forgo any construction on the highways leading into the town and that at the end of her five-year plan every cent of her roadwork budget would go into upgrades on Route 460,” he said.
Byrnes said it’s now nine years later and basically no work has been done.
“I’m hopeful he (McGrath) is going to make the announcement on construction for Route 460 at that meeting.”