E. Howlett Memorial Drive extension announced

Published on March 25, 2014

Two government ministers were on the Southern Shore Monday to announce an extension to Robert E. Howlett Memorial Drive.

Nick McGrath, Minister of Transportation and Works, and Keith Hutchings, MHA for Ferryland, were in Bay Bulls to speak about the project.

“The first step in this major multi-year project will be survey activity which will soon get underway in preparation for clearing the corridor for construction of the extension of Robert E. Howlett Memorial Drive,” McGrath said.

A multi-year project, the hope is the extension will divert traffic from Bay Bulls Big Pond and the Middle Pond area. The extension will start at the current end of Robert E. Howlett Memorial Drive - at the intersection of Route 10 - and will continue approx. 9.5 kilometers parallel to the current road towards Bay Bulls.

“The Southern Shore Region continues to see significant residential and commercial growth including significant traffic to and from the region,” Hutchings said. “Once completed, this new highway will provide a more free-flowing movement of vehicles in this ever-increasing, high traffic area.”

Since 2004, more than 2,800 kilometers of roads and highways in the province have been upgraded at an investment of more than $1.6 billion.