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  • Brian Kelly (Howley)
    March 16, 2014 - 08:09

    I have sent several letters to many levels of government with a proposal to save money on this project while increasing public safety and tourism for the area. I have letters of support from: Town of Howley Junction Trial Blazers Snowmobile Club Newfoundland Labrador Snowmobile Federation Local MP: Gerry Byrne Here is a copy of my proposal letter. To whom it may concern; Hi, my name is Brian Kelly. I currently reside in Howley, Newfoundland. This letter will present an idea that will better the Town of Howley, the general public, public safety as well as tourism in this area. Currently there is bridgework being done on Route 401 or “Howley Road.” There has been a temporary bride erected directly beside and parallel to the original bridge which is to be replaced. There has been a lot of money spent erecting this second bridge and moving of the power lines. There will be a lot more spent to remove the temporary bridge and all the aggregate placed there and more again to move the power lines the second time. My idea will save a lot of money by leaving the temporary bridge or “bailey bridge” in place. The power lines could also stay where they currently are. This bridge could then be used by pedestrians rather than impeding traffic as they have done on the original bridge. The secondary bridge could also be used for Skidoos, quads and bikes to cross Sandy Lake the same as vehicle traffic. Also, if there ever comes a time when the original bridge needs to closed for any reason there is already another bridge in place and ready to use, without the extra cost. There have been bridges placed like this on the northern peninsula for snowmobile clubs in that area. It’s a great idea for this area and a prime opportunity to do it. Currently there is a trail in place from Howley to this bridged area I’m speaking of and it is used. If there were a bridge in place it would link over 400 cabins on Sandy Lake to Howley and its services. This bridge would allow the trail to continue on to the Trans Canada Highway and to the White Bay junction, where the registered provincial snowmobile trail already exists. Thus, connecting small struggling towns together with a very viable tourist attraction. Also increasing PUBLIC SAFETY and keeping snowmobilers off a very dangerous area of the ice on Sandy Lake. This trail would then connect the northern coast to the interior of the province as there is a registered snowmobile trail from Howley to Buchans and onward to Grand Falls. From Howley, people have a choice to go east or west on the abandoned railway track to Badger or Deer Lake or go across country to Buchans. (Another small struggling town) The bridge and trail combined would promote small towns, tourism, public safety and local business. All I ask is leave a bridge in place that is already there. It would save money to leave it there and help out numerous groups and communities. This bridge would be used all year long by outdoor enthusiasts, walking, quading, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, hunting etc. The list goes on. Please review the attached maps and consider my idea. Thank You, Brian Kelly Howley, Newfoundland Small business owner & outdoor enthusiast There is also an online petition. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/leave-the-temporary-bridge-on-route-401-in