Powered by Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada

Fixed Link Between Labrador and Newfoundland Pre-Feasibility Study: Final Report

Lead Researcher and Department
Hatch Mott McDonald in association with SGE Acres and IBI Group

Funding Resources
Public Policy Research Centre, Memorial University

The concept of providing a fixed transportation link between the Island of Newfoundland and Labrador across the Strait of Belle Isle has been the subject of discussion for many years. In early 2004, the Public Policy Research Centre of Memorial University, acting on behalf of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador requested a proposal from independent consultants to conduct a study of fixed link concepts at a prefeasibility level. In April 2004, the PPRC awarded a contract for the study to Hatch Mott MacDonald.

The study included an overview of previous work, a survey of other relevant fixed links and tunnels worldwide, the environment and geology of the study area and an assessment of the alternative fixed link concepts, including those of a bridge, a causeway and tunnels. It addressed a comparison summary of alternatives, an implementation schedule, regulatory and environmental issues, an economic and business case analysis and financing considerations.

The study concludes that a tunnel bored using modern tunnel boring machines under the Strait of Belle Isle at its narrowest point is the most technically and economically attractive alternative. It provides cost estimates in 2004 dollars, an economic and business case analysis and industrial cost benefit analysis as well as recommendations for further studies.


Fixed link, Bridge, Causeway, Tunnel, Transportation

Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Strait of Belle Isle
St. Anthony - Port au Choix

Industry Sectors
Provincial and territorial public administration (Public administration)
Transportation and warehousing

Thematic Categories

Harris Centre (STJ)