Trans-Labrador Highway to be widened, resurfaced

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A web cam image of the Trans-Labrador Highway in Happy Valley-Goose Bay from the provincial Department of Transportation and Works live highway cameras.

The federal and provincial governments have announced a joint investment of $85,057,332 to begin widening and paving the Trans-Labrador Highway between Red Bay and Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

About 1,200 kilometres long, the Trans-Labrador Highway is the region’s primary public road, crossing some of northeastern Canada’s most remote terrain.

“Our government is proud to support these significant highway improvements that will create numerous local jobs, drive economic growth and strengthen our communities,” said Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Penashue and member of parliament for Labrador. “The Trans-Labrador Highway is a vital link for Labradorians, our economy and our tourism industry. These upgrades will help connect workers with jobs, products with markets and travellers with destinations.”

Provincial Transportation and Works Minister Paul Davis said a few short years ago, the final metres of gravel for the Trans-Labrador Highway were placed to create the first continuous connection across Labrador. “Today we take the next step towards the completion of this great project by continuing to widen and pave the highway from Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Red Bay. This is one of the largest infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the province, and a key component of our government’s unwavering commitment to the people of Labrador,” Davis said.

Under the Building Canada plan, the federal and provincial governments have partnered to provide strategic funding for priority infrastructure needs. Through a Provincial-Territorial Base Fund, the Government of Canada is providing $175 million to strengthen infrastructure in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Organizations: Trans-Labrador Highway, Provincial-Territorial Base Fund

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Red Bay, Happy Valley Goose Bay Canada

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  • brenda
    June 01, 2013 - 03:35

    my spouse and i are taking a excursion on this road in july. Does anyone know the road conditions now

  • seanoairborne
    January 28, 2013 - 14:42

    The Alcan hwy in Alaska was built in just a little over a year....paving came shortly thereafter.Why so long for this project?

  • Norman Andrews
    January 28, 2013 - 13:07

    Great news for the BigLand & long overdue, 4 whatever the reasons. That being said; the down side is we all know it's Muskrat Falls, plus other Labrador Resources to be used in Newfoundland & beyond. I've always said, if ur gonna take Labrador Resources then give us something 4 it, paved roads etc.. Don't just take it! I'll also say something else & i've told our X-Minister, John Hickey this: The PC's have always been more friendly to Labrador then the Liberals. Thanks to the PC's & Conservatives. You've done something right 4 a change.

  • concerned citizen
    January 28, 2013 - 10:47

    I wen't over that road last year and it certainly could use an upgrade. We blew a tire 20 min outside Red Bay on the way back from Goose bay . Great News!!!!

  • melvin rumbolt
    January 28, 2013 - 10:38

    good going thats the best news i heard for labrador