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Large hole on Burgeo Highway causes delays

This hole appeared in Route 480 overnight on Sunday.
This hole appeared in Route 480 overnight on Sunday.

With files from Norm Strickland

The freeze-thaw cycle has been hard on provincial roads this year, and Route 480 — the highway to Burgeo — was the latest casualty on Sunday, March 19.

A large hole, about two feet in diameter, appeared in the highway about one km north of the town.

Workers from the province’s Department of Works Services and Transportation set up barricades closing that section of the highway on Sunday. Around 4 p.m. the road was reopened once repairs were completed.

In response to an inquiry from TC Media, Brian Scott of the Department of Transportation and Works said the road will continued to be monitored, and the culvert in that section is scheduled to be replaced in the summer.

He noted in his email that an additional 32 culverts along the highway will also be replaced.

Scott said Monday’s closures were entirely weather related and the road was reopened Tuesday morning, with both lanes cleared by the end of the day.

The department also has plans to level over four kilometers of road and replace some guardrails.

Southwest Brook Bridge and Peter Stride’s Bridge will have expansion joints, concrete and guide rails replaced before being repaved. Tenders for those upgrades should be awarded soon andwork is expected to begin once weather permits.

The freeze-thaw cycle has been hard on provincial roads this year, and Route 480 — the highway to Burgeo — was the latest casualty on Sunday, March 19.

A large hole, about two feet in diameter, appeared in the highway about one km north of the town.

Workers from the province’s Department of Works Services and Transportation set up barricades closing that section of the highway on Sunday. Around 4 p.m. the road was reopened once repairs were completed.

In response to an inquiry from TC Media, Brian Scott of the Department of Transportation and Works said the road will continued to be monitored, and the culvert in that section is scheduled to be replaced in the summer.

He noted in his email that an additional 32 culverts along the highway will also be replaced.

Scott said Monday’s closures were entirely weather related and the road was reopened Tuesday morning, with both lanes cleared by the end of the day.

The department also has plans to level over four kilometers of road and replace some guardrails.

Southwest Brook Bridge and Peter Stride’s Bridge will have expansion joints, concrete and guide rails replaced before being repaved. Tenders for those upgrades should be awarded soon andwork is expected to begin once weather permits.

Highway workers blocked off part of the highway on Sunday.

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