Bids in for Burin hospital parking lot expansion

Upgrades will allow helicopters to land without having to clear space

Paul Herridge editor@southerngazette.ca
Published on September 8, 2015
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Eastern Health will soon award a tender for an expansion of the parking lot at the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre. It includes the addition of a
dedicated helipad that will be registered with Transport Canada.

Eastern Health has received four proposals for a project to expand the parking lot at the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre.

Joe Durnford, director of infrastructure support with the health authority, told The Southern Gazette Friday the tender for the work closed Thursday.

Durnford said Eastern Health would like to see the project completed this fall.

He expects the bids to be reviewed and a decision made rather quickly.

While he couldn’t provide dimensions for the enlargement, Durnford described the expansion as small. It will, however, include a dedicated helipad that will be registered with Transport Canada, he confirmed.

Presently, the parking lot is used for emergencies that require a helicopter and vehicles must first be cleared from the area before it can land.

The vehicles are moved to wherever space is available, usually along the busy highway in front of the facility, which is a safety concern, Durnford said.

As with any construction work, there will likely be some minor interruptions for visitors to the hospital while the work is being completed, he said.

“I don’t expect there to be too much, actually,” Durnford said.

 

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