Parsons, MHA for the District of Burgeo-LaPoile, says he is
pleased that government has finally seen the wisdom in
addressing the overgrown brush alongside the Burgeo Highway and
has tendered for a brush-cutting project.
Liberal MHA had pressured government for several months to
commence a brush cutting program along Route 480 due to serious
safety concerns of the traveling public. A number of accidents
has been attributed to the lack of a clear border along the
has done the right thing here and has responded to an issue that
has been of grave concern to people in this district,@
says Parsons, pointing out that petitions were gathered from
residents of the south coast communities to implore government
to act on the issue.
says he has spoken to the Stephenville-based contractor who
placed the lowest bid and his understanding is that work on the
80 km highway will begin by August 20th and is
expected to be completed by the middle of October. A 10 meter
clearance on both sides of the highway will be cut back.
I am very satisfied that government has finally acted properly,
but until the entire brush-cutting program is complete, it is
still advisable to use caution and care when traveling the
thick brush is still a hazard, and with the damage created by
the recent flooding in the area, I am urging motorists to drive
with care and patience and to take appropriate caution.@
says that in an effort to enhance the Department of
Transportation and Works=
appreciation of the need for further extensive work on the road,
especially in terms of paving, he held a tour and briefing
with a departmental official to highlight the problem.
will continue to keep pressure on government to attend to the
needs of this district and when issues are of concern for life
and safety as was this thick brush, I intend to advocate even
harder until appropriate action is taken.@