St. John’s, Newfoundland – A contract has been awarded to clear the highway corridor for Newfoundland’s Team Gushue Highway extension, the first step toward the construction of this important piece of regional highway infrastructure.

The federal and provincial governments have awarded a contract valued at $276,000 to C.W. Parsons Limited to clear the highway.

“This is a project that people of the region have been wanting to see completed for a long time,” said Tom Hedderson, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Transportation and Works. “Once completed, this highway will greatly enhance the movement of people and goods throughout the most highly populated region of our province. It will be good for commuters, good for businesses and good for the economy of the region.”

The current contract is to clear trees and shrubs from the right of way for the new highway route, and tenders will be called to begin construction of the roadway itself in the coming months. It is expected that the Team Gushue Highway extension will take three years to complete. Once it is finished, the City of St. John’s will assume ownership of the highway.

The extension will complete a link across the west end of St. John’s, connecting the Outer Ring Road in the north with the Robert E. Howlett Memorial Drive in the south, relieving traffic congestion on major urban routes in the region.

Two open house public information sessions will provide an opportunity for the public to view details and ask questions about the project. The sessions will be held on November 29, 2010 at the Suncor Energy Fluvarium, Pippy Park, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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