Please be advised that a section of a branch line off of the T'Railway Provincial Park has been closed until further notice due to a washout of a bridge. The bridge is located between Buchans and Buchans Junction, approximately 15.5 kilometres west of Buchans Junction.
Officials are in the process of placing barricades and signage around the area. Snowmobilers are advised to avoid this area until further notice.
In the interest of public safety, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is maintaining a closure of portions of the T'Railway Provincial Park that suffered extensive damage as a result of the severe rainfall during the Thanksgiving weekend. The portion of the T'Railway which includes a 180 kilometre section west of Badger to Gander, and an area near Port Blandford, will remain closed to users for the 2016-17 winter season.
The Department of Environment and Climate Change has installed signage in key areas indicating the closure; however, snowmobilers and other T'Railway users are asked to be mindful of the closure as extensive washouts remain and continue to pose safety concerns, particularly in winter weather when snow can cover hazardous portions of the trail.
Users of the T'Railway Provincial Park are advised to exercise extreme caution as other areas of the trail may have been affected by severe rainfall. Work is in progress with inspection and detailed assessment currently ongoing. Further closures may be necessary and updates will be provided in the coming weeks.
To report damage, please contact the Parks and Natural Areas Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 637-2040.
The T'Railway Provincial Park closure includes the section from Port Blandford to Thorburn Lake, encompassing approximately five kilometres of trail. This is in addition to the closure of trail between Gander and Mary March Brook, approximately 45 kilometres west of Badger. These sections of the T'Railway are currently closed to all users due to recent damage caused by significant rainfall.
Users of the T'Railway Provincial Park are advised to use extreme caution as other areas of the trail may be affected.
We are seeking support for our efforts to restore a major breach in the continuity of the T'Railway Provincial Park in the community of Terra Nova. In November, an engineering assessment revealed potentially serious deterioration of several support piers and as a result, the bridge was closed because of safety concerns. Since that time, we have been trying hard to raise our 10% contribution towards the estimated repair cost of $650,000.
The closure has not only disrupted continuity of the T'Railway between St. John's and Port aux Basques, it has also caused a number of ATV Tours originating from the mainland to be cancelled. This comes at a time when any reduction in tourism revenue will have negative impacts on the accommodation and services sector as well as the province in general. If repairs aren't completed this year, the snowmobile sector will be similarly affected.
That is why we are asking stakeholders and T'Railway users to support our efforts. For tax deductible donations to our Terra Nova Bridge fund, please make your cheque payable to the Newfoundland T'Railway Charitable Organization. If online donations are more convenient, please contact our fundraising partner, the Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobile Federation at nlsf.org. No donation is too small...or too large.
The Terra Nova Bridge (Town of Terra Nova) has been closed to all users until further notice. While being redecked in November, an unrelated structural problem was discovered which necessitated the closure.