Update: Traffic light down, flag men directing traffic near Portland Creek

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It looks as if the weather is playing havoc with road conditions as evidenced by this area south of Portland Creek.

Provincial work crews were busy Friday after a section of Route 430 near Portland Creek washed away.

Scott Barefoot, Transportation and Works communications director, said in a statement that warm weather and rapid waters damaged the road. Although the water has receded significantly, crews are still backfilling at the site in an attempt to stem the damage.

The highway had just one lane open and traffic was being controlled with a traffic light, but as of 8 p.m. Friday the light was not working, so a construction crew and flag men were on site directing traffic.

The incident is one of several around the province as the spring thaw has created havoc after a snowy winter.

Similar incidents could be on the way, as Environment Canada has issued a statement in anticipation of spring snowfall expected to impact much of the island Saturday.

Motorists are urged to drive with caution as crews work to repair Route 430.

Organizations: Environment Canada, The Weather Network Stephenville

Geographic location: Deer Lake, Port aux Basques, Southeastern Newfoundland Eastern Newfoundland.While Corner Brook

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