LEWISPORTE — Minister of Transportation and Works Minister Paul Davis was in Lewisporte last Thursday to announce $330,000 for the upgrade of Main Street in Lewisporte.
Mayor Brian Sceviour, Lewisporte MHA Wade Verge and a number of members of the community and surrounding areas were at the Lewisporte Town Hall to hear the good news.
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Transportation and Works Minister Paul Davis was joined by (middle) Lewisporte Mayor Brian Sceviour and (right) Lewisporte MHA Wade Verge when making an announcement regarding paving for Lewisporte last week.
Minister Davis commented that Penney Paving Ltd. has received the tender to complete work on the road from the Train Park to the Lewisporte Intermediate totalling 1.3 kilometres.
This is the first time since MHA Verge has taken office that the Provincial Government has allotted funds for Main Street in Lewisporte.
The MHA noted that in consultation with Council, the long-term plan for Lewisporte addresses the water and sewer needs of the Town and aging infrastructure. Paving wasn’t a priority because the road needs to be disturbed to upgrade the infrastructure.
Due to some of the infrastructure needs taking longer than anticipated, MHA Verge requested only a portion of roadwork to be completed in Lewisporte.
He said, “I was hoping to take from the Train Park, down to the intersection and up Premier Drive.”
The area of Town in which the road will be upgraded won’t be affected by future plans for new infrastructure.
Deputy Mayor Les Watton said, “The work that will be started is a tremendous opportunity for the Town.”
During the work beginning Sept. 15 Minister Davis requested that motorists use caution when driving in construction zones and obey the posted speed limit signs. This will help ensure the safety of motorists and construction workers.