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Furey’s risky election means paving season delays: Petten
Barry Petten, PC Candidate for Conception Bay South, says Andrew Furey’s reckless election call has jeopardized the 2021 road paving season.
Thursday, March 11, 2021

(March 11, 2021) – Barry Petten, PC Candidate for Conception Bay South, says Andrew Furey’s reckless election call has jeopardized the 2021 road paving season.
That’s because paving contracts are not awarded while the government is in “caretaker mode.” It also means roads that need maintenance will remain unaddressed for months longer than necessary.

"Caretaker mode" could be in place until mid-April until a new government is sworn in and contracts are able to be rewarded. Petten says the situation could have been avoided.

“The ripple effect of this reckless election call will be felt by the people of the province – and their tires – for months,” said Petten. “Roads that need work will have their paving and maintenance delayed because of Andrew Furey’s election mess.”

Petten says the blame for paving season delays falls squarely on the shoulders of the Premier.

“Andrew Furey called this election to advance his own political interest, plain and simple,” said Petten. Petten added the problem goes beyond road conditions.

“The delayed road work and infrastructure projects also mean the construction industry is left in limbo, meaning jobs are on the line.”

Petten says he’s spoken with members of the construction industry who are becoming increasingly frustrated by the lack of tenders as the window for preparation for the construction season gets smaller.

 

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