Parks Canada Infrastructure Program
What to know before you visit
Over the next five years, Parks Canada will invest $2.6 billion to rehabilitate infrastructure assests within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada.
This historic investment supports conservation while promoting visitor experience and making our infrastructure safer and more appealing to visitors.
When visiting or driving through Terra Nova National Park, you may encounter one or more construction zones or reduced services while we complete this important work. Please plan ahead before you travel to avoid inconvenience. Consult the following list of current infrastructure projects in Terra Nova National Park to see if any road or facility work might impact your trip.
Infrastructure Projects in Terra Nova National Park
For a list of infrastructure projects that may impact visitors, see below.
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CLOSURE - Roadway improvement work requires temporary closure of Trans-Canada Highway at Tide Waters
Motorists are advised that blasting operations will be conducted in the Tide Waters area of the Trans-Canada Highway within Terra Nova National Park on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. This work will require the temporary closure of both the east and west lanes in this area for approximately 2 hours from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The Tide Waters area is located 10 KM from the eastern entrance to the park and 30 KM from the western entrance.
Roadway improvement work requires traffic delays at Bread Cove on Trans-Canada Highway in Terra Nova National Park
Motorists are advised that work to construct a new culvert in the Bread Cove area on the Trans-Canada Highway within Terra Nova National Park will require temporary closure of one traffic lane on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in this area throughout the day and there will be reduced speed zones at both eastern and western approaches to the construction zone.
CLOSURE - Access to Ochre Hill Summit Temporarily Closed to Visitors
Construction to install a new viewing platform at the summit of Ochre Hill will commence on August 15th, 2016. The road from Ochre Hill trail to the summit of Ochre Hill will be closed for the duration of the project and is expected to reopen in early October 2016. Visitors will still be able to access Ochre Hill trail and the adjacent parking area. Visitors will encounter temporary signage and barriers in the area and, for safety purposes, are reminded to obey all posted signage. See full project details.
Anticipated Traffic Delays -
Terra Nova Road - Route 301 - Culvert Replacement
Pre-construction work has commenced to replace a large multi-plate culvert on Terra Nova Road - Route 301. To allow for continued traffic flow in this area during the project, a temporary bypass road has been constructed by the contractor. The bypass road will be restricted to one lane of traffic during this time- traffic lights to be installed at both entrances to the bypass road.
CLOSURE - Coastal Trail, Terra Nova National Park
A section of the coastal trail is closed for the 2016 visitor season as work is being carried out on the Headquarters Wharf. Due to the construction in this area the road to Headquarters Wharf is closed to traffic and sections of the trail adjacent to the Headquarters Wharf are also closed to the season. Please ask at the Visitor Centre or Newman Sound Campground Kiosk for more details. See full project details.
Anticipated Traffic Delays - Broad Cove Bridge Work, Route 310, Terra Nova National Park
Traffic on bridge will be reduced to one lane in alternating directions for duration of project. Travel lane will be 3.05 m wide at the wheel level and a temporary barrier will be dismantled when required to accommodate the passage of wider loads. Removal of this rail will require advanced notification to a Newfoundland weight scale site. Parks Canada requests that wide load crossings be made during daytime hours only (between 7:00 am and 6:30 pm), Mondays to Fridays. Please call (709) 772-2587 for more information. Speed limits will be reduced on both the eastern and western approaches to the bridge. See full project details.
Newman Sound Kiosk and Entrance, Terra Nova National Park
Currently under construction. Please adhere to construction and traffic signs. See full project details.
Newman Sound Campground Washrooms, Terra Nova National Park
Three washrooms in Newman Sound Campground are temporarily closed due to facility upgrades. Impacted washrooms include: the washroom facility located between Loops L & M; between loops K & L, and the washroom facility adjacent to the oTENTik Loop H. Visitors are asked to please use the other washroom facilities located in Nweman Sound Campground. Please visit the kiosk for additional information. See full project details.
Anticipated Traffic Delays - Northwest River Bridge, Terra Nova National Park
Anticipated traffic delays. Ongoing construction work to replace the Northwest River Bridge in Terra Nova National Park. Speed limits will be reduced on the Trans-Canada Highway on both the eastern and western approaches to the bridge. See full project details.
Road Work Advisory – Climbing Lanes - Trans-Canada Highway
Motorists are advised that road work to construct climbing and passing lanes on the Trans-Canada Highway within Terra Nova NP will commence on Monday, May 9, 2016. Road work operations will first commence in the western area of the Trans-Canada Highway within the Park near South West Arm. Motorists may encounter work crews, heavy equipment and reduced speed zones and are reminded to obey all posted signage and directions from flag persons.
The project will result in the construction of climbing and passing lanes in each direction at 13 locations throughout the Trans-Canada Highway within Terra Nova National Park. This work is expected to be completed by 2017. See full project details.
Major Visitor Impact
The existing viewing platform will be expanded to a 2-story platform structure, providing visitors with a panoramic view of the park and surrounding area. Major Visitor Impact
The section of the TCH that runs through Terra Nova National Park requires investments to meet current highway standards. The planned investment will result in several passing lanes being constructed, significantly improving traffic flow and supporting safe highway travel for Park visitors and the travelling public. Minor Visitor Impact
The overall objective of this project is to remove the existing deteriorated Northwest River Bridge and complete replacement with new bridge construction. Minor Visitor Impact
Current entrance area kiosks are deteriorating and the existing entrance design creates traffic congestion issues. New design and replacement of kiosks will improve access, support more efficient park operations and better meet visitor needs. Minor Visitor Impact
This project will result in the rehabilitation of 3 existing washroom/shower facilities within Newman Sound Campground, making them more responsive to visitor needs.Minor Visitor Impact
Structural assessments have confirmed issues with existing marine wharf facilities in Terra Nova National Park. This project will see the removal of the “headquarters wharf” which is no longer required to support park operations. Significant repairs will be carried out on the wharf located at the Saltons Visitor Centre, which is the main docking location for those accessing the park by boat. Minor Visitor Impact
This bridge, on the road to the Eastport Peninsula, requires repairs to its structure given its age and exposure to a salt water environment. Repairs will be carried out on the steel supports, concrete abutments and bridge curb/railing systems.