Nfld. & Labrador

Moose detection lights being removed, 'not effective' for N.L.

Transportation and Works crews will be dismantling the two moose detection systems set up on the Trans-Canada Highway, stating that the pilot project "proved not to be effective" in Newfoundland and Labrador.
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Transportation and Works crews will be dismantling the two moose detection systems set up on the Trans-Canada Highway, stating that the pilot project "proved not to be effective" in Newfoundland and Labrador.

According to a statement from the department, the technical problems experienced by the light system can be attributed to the province's climate and terrain.

CBC News previously reported that one of the detection systems hadn't been working for almost half the time since it was installed.

Workers already took down the sensors in the eastbound lane of the Trans-Canada Highway near St. John's.

The rest of the equipment on the east coast and near Grand Falls-Windsor is still up, as crews are waiting for better weather conditions to finish the deconstruction.

The two sets of solar-powered detection systems cost government $1.5-million, including the cost of installation in 2011. Repairs to the system were covered under warranty.

"The prevention of moose-vehicle collisions continues to be a focal point of our approach to create safer roadways," the department said in a statement.

A series of tenders for brush clearing have been awarded by the department in the last few months, and government said it expects to release its next steps in preventing moose-vehicle collisions.

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