Residents of the Southwest Coast all receive a Snow Job.
For those not familiar with the term,click here and you'll find one or two to suit the meaning. Maybe they all apply in this case!
here's the big release from Diane Whelan, Minister of Works and Transportation for the Province.
Transportation and Works
October 28, 2008
Provincial Government Launching 24-Hour Snow Clearing Pilot Project
The Honourable Dianne Whalen, Minister of Transportation and Works, announced today that the Provincial Government is introducing limited 24-hour snow clearing as part of a pilot project this winter. Minister Whalen made the announcement during a news conference at the Department of Transportation and Works depot in Clarenville.
"As always, this government is committed to providing motorists with safe winter driving conditions," said Minister Whalen. "This pilot project will allow Transportation and Works staff to determine the effectiveness, necessity and long-term sustainability of 24-hour snow clearing."
The Provincial Government has invested $1.7 million to launch the pilot project, which will provide coverage in high-traffic areas of the Trans Canada Highway and major trunk roads. Approximately $1.3 million of this cost will be associated with additional salt/sand purchases, fuel and increased maintenance.
- Logy Bay Road Interchange to Manitoba Drive in Clarenville;
- Cooper Boulevard in Gander to the west end of the divided highway in Grand Falls-Windsor; and,
- The Route 430 Interchange in Deer Lake to the Stephenville Cold Brook Depot.
Trunk roads that will receive 24-hour snow-clearing coverage are:
- Route 2, Pitts Memorial Drive/Manuals Access/ Conception Bay South (CBS) Bypass to Legion Road, CBS;
- Route 350, from the TCH to Botwood;
- Lewin Parkway/Ring Road in Corner Brook; and,
- Route 430, TCH to Rocky Harbour.
Normally, the Department of Transportation and Works has snow-clearing crews working from approximately 4:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The pilot project will have crews working around the clock to keep roads clear of snow and ice.Minister Whalen says sections of road not included in the pilot project will continue to receive necessary coverage.
"As per usual, our snow plows will work past 9:30 p.m. if a storm is coming to an end and continue early in the morning," said Minister Whalen. "And in case of emergencies, ambulance and fire truck operators can call our 24-hour dispatch and plows will be dispatched immediately."