Thursday, February 25, 2010

More satellite phones for Trans Labrador Highway use

Emergency communications are being upgraded for anyone traveling on remote sections of the Trans Labrador Highway.

The provincial government has added 25 satellite phones for use along the route between Labrador West and Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The government says the addition will mean that 65 satellite phones will be available to drivers. There is no charge for using the phones. Satellite phones can now be picked up at hotels in Wabush, Churchill Falls, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Cartwright, Port Hope Simpson and Charlottetown. Residents borrowing a phone need to provide their driver's licence number and non-residents need to provide a valid credit card number.

labrador remote highway emergency phone

The new phones are pre-programmed to call the police in case of emergency. The overall highway, which has a mostly gravel surface, runs for hundreds of kilometers. Its route goes from the western mining towns of Labrador City and Wabush across the territory and then along the coast to fishing communities in southern Labrador.

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