UPDATE: TCH closure expected to last days

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A three-kilometre portion of the Trans Canada Highway east of Clarenville will remain closed to traffic for at least few days in order to ensure safety, according to Transportation and Works Minister Paul Davis.

Davis said geotechnical staff assessed the rock face and determined more work is necessary to ensure public safety. That work may entail blasting, he said.

A cause for the landslide has not been determined according to the minister, who said it has been over 20 years since the department last worked on the rock face in question.

Work crews have been removing debris from the area since the landslide occurred Saturday. Davis said in some cases large chunks of rock were too big to remove, making it necessary to break them down further.

Motorists are being diverted from the highway to a 3.6-kilometre roadway with a reduced speed limit in comparison to the TCH.

For more on this story, read Monday's edition of The Telegram.


Blasting has been deemed necessary in order to ensure public safety in an area where a landslide has forced the closure of a section of the Trans Canada Highway.

Geotechnical staff from the Department of Transportation and Works made the assessment while considering the structural integrity of the rock in an area located east of Clarenville.

Traffic has been diverted from a section of the highway between the intersection of Northwest Brook and Route 204. Road crews have worked to clear debris since Saturday’s landslide.


(Earlier stories)

Traffic on the Trans Canada Highway east of Clarenville continues to be diverted as the result of a landslide that happened Saturday.

In its latest news release issued midday Sunday, Clarenville RCMP advised that crews from the Department of Transportation and Works were still removing debris from the highway.

The detour near Ivany’s Cove is reported to be approximately three kilometres. Police advise there is currently not a traffic backlog.

Clarenville RCMP said further updates will be provided once they are available.


The section of Trans Canada Highway affected by yesterday's landslide will remain closed until further notice.

The RCMP is advising that the road will not be reopened until work crews are satisfied that the rock wall is again safe.

Traffic will continue to be rerouted through the Northwest Brook area via Ivany's Cove.

Another update will be provided when the road is clear.


The RCMP are advising that the Trans Canada Highway will remain closed due to a rock slide in the area of Northwest Brook near Clarenville. Traffic will continue to be re-routed through Ivany's Cove.

A further update will be issued in the morning.


Earlier story:

The RCMP is warning motorists that a landslide has forced the closure of both lanes of the Trans Canada Highway in the Northwest Brook area, east of Clarenville.

Motorists should be aware that traffic will be slowed considerably as vehicles are diverted around the slide.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Organizations: RCMP, Trans Canada Highway

Geographic location: Clarenville, Northwest Brook

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Recent comments

  • Verna Baker
    November 19, 2012 - 22:28

    The article is saying you havr to go thru Ivanys Cove You dont have ti it is only North West Brook

  • David
    November 19, 2012 - 18:43

    Can't even design a basic highway, but just can't wait to build a dam to nowhere.....yeehaw.

    • Steve
      November 20, 2012 - 22:52

      @David: Do the human gene pool a favor and go eat the grill of a speeding Buick will you? That's a good boy.

  • Steve
    November 19, 2012 - 14:21

    Looks like Jack is trying to be political and it is very clear he has no knowledge of that part of the island. No one is cut off just a detour. Are you going to blame the govt for everything? Why not blame them for all the rain we had too while you are at it.

  • Hasan Hai
    November 19, 2012 - 06:02

    I was driving that route Saturday around 6 PM, shortly after the landslide occured (road crews were just setting up). The detour is about 5 minutes at most.

  • Jennifer
    November 18, 2012 - 21:15

    Jack...what are you saying? I came through here this afternoon...probably took an extra 10 minutes or so but things are fine. Eastern NL is certainly not cut off. I guess this is how rumours start! The governement is taking the extra time to blast rock to make it safe again...they are indeed making a great effort to do this in a timely manner. So Jack before you speak again maybe you should check things out or get out past the overpass for a look yourself.

  • DON II
    November 18, 2012 - 19:48

    Was the Department of Transportation aware of this impending danger on the TCH? What action, if any, was taken to secure and re-engineer the road in this area? There are several sites along the Trans Canada Highway including areas near Clarenville and Corner Brook that have very high and unstable rock faces which, if dislodged by rain, frost or other natural forces, will collapse and bury the TCH and destroy any vehicles and kill or injure anybody driving directly under these rock faces. Will the Department of Transportation undertake to examine these dangerous areas along the TCH and take the required steps to make these areas safe for the public using the highway or will it wait until somebody gets killed?

  • Steve
    November 18, 2012 - 19:22

    @Jack: Ok, first thing, you're full of crap, I know one of the fellows on those excavator and he came in on what was supposed to be his week off to clear off the road for you whiny dingleberries. Second thing is that there are detours set up so traffic can still get through. People like you make me sick!

  • sally
    November 18, 2012 - 18:42

    Just wondering what time of the day did this happen.

  • HockeyLover
    November 18, 2012 - 15:35

    Just for information purposes, Eastern NL is not cut off from the rest of the island. There is a detour through the smaller communities which may take a little bit more time but very accessible.

  • GR
    November 18, 2012 - 12:32

    No one is cut off. Traffic is moving around the slide through Ivany's Cove/Northwest Brook

  • GR
    November 18, 2012 - 12:30

    Get a geography lesson, Jack. lol. Traffic is moving around the slide through Ivany's Cove/Northwest Brook

  • toadaso
    November 18, 2012 - 08:37

    there was a tractor trailer unit,,owned by tom macdonald trucking of sydney, coming through there when it happened,, big rocks hit the trailer, took out the suspension,, cut the tires and smashed the rims, and air bags,broke all the frame rails in the rear of the trailer ,,pushed the trailer across the road ,,over into the opposite shoulder the trailer is a right off for sure,,D and D TR5ANSPORT FOR CLERENVILLE,,,sent out a trailer and meN to inspect the unit and to cross dock the trailer on the side of the road

  • Jack
    November 17, 2012 - 21:25

    I'm really disappointed that the Newfoundland and Labrador Government are not making a diligent effort to clear the landslide near Clarenville, meaning that Eastern Newfoundland residents are cut off from the rest of the island. As this stretch of Trans Canada Highway is important, shame on the Newfoundland and Labrador Government for not clearing it promptly, and not putting in a proper retaining wall. Because there are no bypass road or highways between the Avalon Isthmus and Terra Nova National Park, now we know why need such a road so that if such disasters happen again, Eastern Newfoundlanders will not be cut off or punished for no reason.

    • John in Whitbourne
      November 18, 2012 - 19:09

      Did you read past the headline? There is a detour and there is no traffic backlog. Posts such as yours make it difficult to respect the guidelines.

    • Denise
      November 18, 2012 - 19:59

      Anyone who is the least bit familiar with the area knows that Eastern Newfoundland residents ARE NOT cut off from the rest of the province. They just need to take the road through Northwestbrook to get to the other intersection that is passed the rockslide. Yes, you will have to reduce your speed to 50km or less (not such a big deal) and it will add maybe 10 or 15 minutes to your journey. BUT no one is cut off from the rest of the province!

    • Steve
      November 20, 2012 - 22:54

      @Jack: You were either spawned at the shallow end of the gene pool or dropped on your head as a kid (probably both).