May 28, 2007

Federal and provincial governments partner on Torbay Bypass in Newfoundland

St. John’s, Newfoundland – Representatives of the federal government and the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador have announced $10 million in funding for the construction of the province’s Torbay Bypass. The federal government has committed up to $5 million, with the province providing the remaining funds.

The existing Route 20 through Torbay is the primary access route for the northeast Avalon region. The new bypass will complete an integrated transportation network that will link in communities north of St. John’s. The bypass project will upgrade the existing two-lane Route 20 through the Town of Torbay, and provide an alternative route around the town. The resulting economic development is expected to benefit the residents of Torbay, St. John’s, and the surrounding communities of Pouch Cove, Flatrock, Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove, and Bauline.

The project includes an upgrade of a 1.4-km segment of Route 20 to five lanes between the St. John’s International Airport and Karon Drive; an additional 8.1 km of a two-lane undivided highway; four major at-grade intersections; fourteen overpasses to accommodate through-vehicle traffic; a bridge at the Big River crossing; and four culvert underpasses to accommodate snowmobile traffic.

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