What is the Kelland Drive Reconstruction & Extension Project:
For many years residents have raised concerns over the state of disrepair of Kelland Drive. Restrictions of 8 Ton or less vehicles only raised concerns for School Busses to be on that particular road. During periods of inclement weather public health & safety were of particular concern to residents.
In July 2019 the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay announced a major development in the ongoing issues and concerns related to Kelland Drive. The 12th Council having heard the concerns of many residents on the current state of disrepair of Kelland Drive announced the Kelland Drive Reconstruction & Extension Project.
Residents will recall that in 2017, a 1 kilometer stretch of Kelland Drive which was deemed to be the section in the worst condition, was rebuilt and repaved.
The Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay’s 2019 Municipal Budget allocated funds to cover the Town’s 1/3 portion of the estimated $4.0 Million project which would see complete rebuild and repaving and extension of Kelland Drive from Hamilton River Road Intersection to Corte Real (with the exception of the 1 km section completed in 2017). Unfortunately, due to timing and delays from the approval of the provincial government, the construction season would not permit ample time for construction in Summer/Fall 2019.
Carried over from 2019, 2021 will see more than $6 million spent on roads. Some $4.2 million will be spent on rebuilding, resurfacing, and extending Kelland Drive to Corte Real Road.
A total of $2 million will be spent upgrading, and paving the Kelland Drive section from Hamilton River Road to Tooktashina Drive. A further $2 Million will allow extension of Kelland Drive from Hefler West Intersection to Corte Real Road. $2 Million has been allocated to re-pave various streets in town and also includes rebuilding and paving the current un-paved section of Corte Real Road. This will connect Corte Real Road with Kelland Drive.
The Kelland Drive Reconstruction & Extension Project, once complete, will bring Kelland Drive up to a Provincial Standard and will be a much-needed Arterial Road for all residents of Happy Valley-Goose Bay. At the same time providing a secondary Evacuation Route for residents of the Valley portion of Town.
In September 2020, the 12th Council awarded Johnson’s Construction the contract. The project is slated for a Summer 2021 start.