Trans-Labrador solution

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ST. JOHN’S, Nfld. – There may be a solution in the works to help drivers who travel the Trans-Labrador Highway.

The plan would see the provincial government purchase 100 satellite phones, which could then be rented by drivers travelling the remote 600-kilometre road.

Wabush mayor Jim Farrell likes the plan. He says right now, the only way to call for help is with cell phones, which only work for a few dozen kilometres near Goose Bay and Wabush.

The problem was highlighted over the holiday season when a family ran into car trouble and waited a few hours before another vehicle came along.

Farrell says the project would cost close to $80,000.

Transportation Minister, Percy Barrett, says he likes the idea and will pursue it. He says it’s not something that can happen overnight, but says the idea sounds fantastic.

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