More than 80 per cent of 2018-19 brush clearing contracts have been awarded, with the remainder anticipated to be awarded by September, Transportation and Works Minister Steve Crocker said Wednesday.
Budget 2018 allocated approximately $2 million to clear more than 367 hectares of brush along provincial highways.
A news release notes that brush clearing makes it easier for motorists to spot animals near the highway, especially near heavily forested areas. It also makes highway signs easier to see, increases visibility in areas with turns and hills, and provides more space for snow removal.
“Brush clearing is another way we make highways safer for all motorists,” Crocker said. “This year, we have issued our tenders for brush clearing contracts earlier in the year so that work can begin ahead of the busy fall traffic season. While brush clearing enhances highway safety, we remind everyone to please slow down, pay attention and watch for moose.”
Areas identified for brush clearing were determined based on factors including traffic volumes, visibility and moose-vehicle collision rates.