NDP concerned about potential impact of project on road

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Nalcor vice-president Gilbert Bennett says the equipment travelling on the coastal drive part of the Trans-Labrador Highway is within the bounds of what the road can handle. — Photo by The Labradorian

Provincial NDP Leader Lorraine Michael is worried about how “vastly increased truck traffic headed to and from Muskrat Falls” will affect the state of roads in southern Labrador.

In a statement issued by the NDP Thursday, Michael said the road through southeastern Labrador — the Labrador Coastal Drive — is being damaged by transport of heavy equipment to the Lower Churchill construction site at Muskrat Falls.

The Labrador Coastal Drive includes the communities of Forteau, Red Bay, Mary’s Harbour, Port Hope Simpson and Paradise River.


“People on the south coast of Labrador are worried and even fearful about the condition of their road,” Michael stated. “Many have talked to me about road damage by traffic bringing heavy equipment to the Muskrat Falls construction site.”

Nalcor Energy vice-president and Lower Churchill project lead Gilbert Bennett told The Telegram the coastal drive is not a main route for transports of material and machinery to the worksite at Muskrat Falls.

He said heavy transports for construction work on the hydroelectric dam on the Churchill River are coming mainly from the west, along the Trans-Labrador Highway from Quebec, or from the port in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

With that said, he acknowledged the coastal route will be in greater use as the construction work on the Labrador-Island link peaks. However, he said, the loads rolling over the road are well within the bounds of what the infrastructure can handle.

He said consideration of the road was part of the environmental review process.

“There’s been a lot of work done on that issue,” he said.

Meanwhile, Michael stated she has written Transportation and Works Minister Paul Davis, seeking direct response from him to her concerns.



Organizations: NDP, Nalcor Energy

Geographic location: Muskrat, Labrador, Southern Labrador.In Red Bay Port Hope Simpson Paradise River Churchill River Quebec Happy Valley

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  • Molly
    July 09, 2013 - 16:06

    So sick of Ms Lorraine ,as others have she WILL NOT give us any information on what she would do or certainly how she would pay to do it.One open host tried and asked a direct question but no she danced around it.I agree that certain media are biased , there are still a lot of us that see through this bunch

  • Ben
    July 06, 2013 - 08:08

    Just to remind Lorraine that there have been millions of dollars spent on the section of the TLH from Red Bay to Goose Bay, and millions more to be spent this year. Lorraine and her clan got out of town for a few weeks so they have to complain abt everywhere in the province now. We live in the best place in the world, for once I would like to see Michael and the NDP be a little positive. If this is bad maybe she should move to a place where she thinks its better.

  • Waaah
    July 05, 2013 - 15:08

    Interesting... the leader of the NDP brings up a valid point and the Dunder Bots go ape shirt. The Cons must really be scared.

  • John Smith
    July 05, 2013 - 14:29

    So, what does she propose? Putting in billions of dollars in roads and bridges for 2 years worth of work? I'm sure the busineses in the area, the garages, restaurants etc...would love it if the gov. had it all come in through quebec... give me a break...please god the province will wake up and see the ndp for what they really are before it's too late....

  • J
    July 05, 2013 - 14:07

    Where was Lorraine Michaels when Pennecon put that monstrosity of a marine terminal out in Bay Bulls harbour. People living on the souther shore have to deal with all kinds of heavy equipment moving along that stretch of highways. It's especially dangerous in the winter time.

  • Robb
    July 05, 2013 - 12:54

    Right on Original Townie....and I will gladly post a comment here as VOCM comment boards will not post anything that puts down the ndp or liberals...they are totally anti-govt, and it reflects in all their stories and comments....it is a low class operation so I certainly will not bother to ever post there again, and will encourage as many as I can to do the same.....anyway, on to a comment that is not censored by the media......is that the best you can do Loraine..??...the traffic is hard on the roads...??...and like original townie said, you come off with the silliest of complaints and no solution....so to hell with the many people and businesses cashing in on the activity...just pick out some little detail to cast a shadow over it.....this is low stuff, but is what everyone has come to expect from your bunch......so for the people making money, you would have everything stop and take the bite out of their children's mouth just to make a point......sickening.

  • original townie
    July 05, 2013 - 07:23

    Once again Michael in the news complaining about an issue but not putting forward a solution to that issue. What would you recommend Ms. Michael to solve this perceived problem of yours? Typical....talk with no substance. If she and the NDP form a government, we are doomed.

    • KD
      July 09, 2013 - 18:57

      These days I am not sure about the ndp they seem to be against everything with the rough roads in Labrador comes union jobs with the current attitude they will soon lose union support Its time for the ndp to get a leader