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For release - November 21, 2011
New bypass will improve safety for vehicles, snowmobiles and pedestrians
TORBAY, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR — Motorists in Newfoundland and Labrador are now benefiting from the new Torbay bypass. Today, the Honourable Peter Penashue, Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, along with the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works, announced the opening of the bypass that provides communities north of St. John's with a more direct route to the regional transportation network.
"The Torbay bypass is an excellent example of how the governments of Canada, and Newfoundland and Labrador are taking action to invest in infrastructure," said Minister Penashue. "This new bypass will help ease traffic congestion in the Town of Torbay and will improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and users of recreational vehicles."
"The opening of this new bypass will greatly benefit people throughout the entire Northeast Avalon region, particularly residents and businesses of Torbay, Flatrock, Pouch Cove and Bauline," said Minister Hedderson. "We have been investing heavily in infrastructure as part of our ongoing infrastructure strategy and this new bypass is a great example of our commitment to providing new and improved infrastructure throughout the province."
Previously, Route 20 was the primary access through the Town of Torbay, and between the City of St. John's and the Northeast Avalon region. The Torbay bypass project was a combination of upgrading and bypassing the existing two-lane Route 20 to provide an alternative highway around the Town of Torbay.
The project includes 9.5 kilometres of highway, a bridge, four underpasses to accommodate vehicle traffic and four underpasses to accommodate snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles. Also included are three sets of traffic lights at the intersections of Torbay Road, Indian Meal Line and Bauline Line. The new bypass will improve safety and will help support the continued growth of tourism, business investment and economic development in the region. Residents of Torbay and the surrounding communities will benefit from the resulting economic development.
The total cost of this project, which began in January 2008, is $22.7 million. The federal contribution to the project is $5 million under the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund, with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador providing the remaining $17.7 million.
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