Route 413 leading to the towns of Burlington, Middle Arm and Smith’s Harbour on the Baie Verte Peninsula, is poised to see most of its brush cut from the sides of the roads this Fall/Winter, according to new documents obtained by the Nor’wester.
Based on the documents, a tender call for 44 hectares of brush to be cut from the sides of route 413 ends on October 10. The tender also has a substantial completion date of no later than December 15, or two months after the awarding of the tender, putting the award date five days after closing.
According to vegetation experts contacted by the Nor’wester, the area on the tender translates into roughly 44km of highway, at 10 meters wide. Taking into consideration both sides of the roads, that translates to 22km of brush cutting on the highway. Route 413 is approximately 23km from the intersection of route 410 to the entrance of the Town of Burlington.
A representative for the Department of Transportation and Works confirms that the tender is in fact for 44 hectares, and while they were unable to confirm an exact translation of kilometers to hectares, they did say that the tender was meant to translate for the full length of route 413.
The announcement of the brush cutting came after public outcry from residents of the three communities affected, and after meetings between MHA Kevin Pollard and Minister of Transportation and Works, Paul Davis.
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