"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Stuck in the middle with you

Minister of Highways Happiness Trevor Taylor made another interesting comment on VOCM this morning concerning the Trans-Labrador Highway:
You’ve got 500 km of highway, with Churchill Falls stuck in the middle of it.
You're wondering, "what could possibly be interesting about that?", right?

Well, for starters, the Trans-Labrador Highway is actually 1100 km long, and change. And while Churchill Falls is in the middle(ish) of the Labrador West to Happy Valley-Goose Bay segment, it is not in the middle, or even the middle(ish) of the Trans-Labrador Highway overall.

This new re-imaging of the Trans-Labrador Highway is not unique to the good Minister. Some time last year, "completing" the TLH became re-defined as widening and paving Phase I of the road, the aforementioned Labrador West to HVGB segment.

There are two other Phases; Phase II which runs from the Labrador Straits to Cartwright, and Phase III, still at least notionally planned for, um, "completion" this year, linking Phases I and II.

The fact that Phase I runs through, and links, two government-held districts, let alone the fact that Phases II and III do not share the same electoral geography, of course has absolutely nothing to do with the new, less-ambitious definition of "completing the Trans-Labrador Highway".


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