Section of Trans-Labrador Highway

The condition of the Trans-Labrador Highway is so bad, a bed and breakfast owner in Happy Valley-Goose Bay says he has had two cancellations from people who will not drive on the road. (CBC)

A bed and breakfast owner in Happy Valley-Goose Bay says he's losing customers because they won't drive over the Trans-Labrador Highway

Ray Godwin, who opened his business three months ago, said two groups have cancelled reservations because of the poor condition of the road through southern Labrador. 

The gravel highway is rough, with thick mud and dotted with potholes.

"The road is passable in a full-size truck or something, but in a little car? You're taking an awful chance and you're beating your vehicles up," he told CBC News. 

Godwin said he has invested a lot of money into his business — and is worried he will lose more customers before the spring is over.

"But if other people hear what condition the road is in, they may do the same thing. We just started in February, we can't afford to go losing business through no fault of our own."  

Department of Transportation and Works Minister Nick McGrath said there's nothing his department can do until the ground thaws. 

"You can't even go in and grade this. It's one of the unfortunate things that mother nature has control over," McGrath said. 

McGrath added that when the ground thaws, crews will start grading the road and prepare it for laying pavement.

On April 17, McGrath announced that 80 kilometres of road between Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Cartwright Junction would be paved in the fall of 2015.