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Satellite phone pilot project for Trans Labrador Highway

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, Nfld. -- Officials are currently evaluating the bids for the provision of 60 satellite phon...


HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, Nfld. — Officials are currently evaluating the bids for the provision of 60 satellite phones for use in a pilot project on the Trans Labrador Highway.

The use of these satellite phones for the pilot project will extend from Labrador West to Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

Over the last few months, Jim Walsh, minister of works, services and transportation, has worked closely with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and the Labrador City-Wabush Rotary Club to address communication issues along the Trans Labrador Highway.

The pilot project is expected to begin in about four weeks, once the phones have been delivered.

"Through this pilot project we hope to achieve a number of objectives. We hope to assess the impact of improved communications on the safety of the motoring public and determine if this arrangement is appropriate to address communications issues along the Trans Labrador Highway. We also hope to determine the applicability of the concept to other remote transportation routes, such as northern Labrador during winter conditions" says Walsh.


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