Contractor makes visitor centre, home to Hebron site tours, more visible
Work has been undertaken to better mark the entrance to Nalcor Energy’s Bull Arm Fabrication Site. As seen here on Aug. 10, heavy equipment has been clearing vegetation and land from the side of the Trans-Canada Highway. — Photo by Ashley Fitzpatrick/The Telegram
Changes are being made to the entrance to the Bull Arm Fabrication Site.
Heavy equipment was being used to clear vegetation and land from around the entrance this past week. The turnoff to the industrial site is located just off the Trans-Canada Highway, about 150 kilometres from St. John's.
In addition to cutting back the land, new signage has already been installed along the highway, leading up to the site entrance — one on the eastern and western approaches.
The signs caution highway drivers to watch for vehicles slowing and turning off to the site.
According to a spokeswoman for Nalcor Energy, the work is being undertaken by the site’s current tenant — the Hebron project partners.
A spokeswoman for the project said the work was under sub-contract to Kiewit-Kvaerner Contractors (KKC).
“As project activities ramp-up and traffic increases, the entrance at the Bull Arm site is being modified to enhance the safety of personnel entering and exiting the site.
The revised intersection will have separate entrances for eastbound and westbound traffic,” stated Bill Hickey, a spokesman for KKC.
“Other initiatives include a reduction in speed limit (from 100 to 80 km/hr) and the installation
of flashing lights to warn motorists of traffic turning ahead,” he said, in response to questions Monday.
The site entrance is used by construction workers building the Hebron offshore oil platform. It is also used by site visitors.
Public tours of the site started on July 2 and anyone interested in a site tour can contact the visitor centre at 709-463-1033 for details.