$5.6M upgrade for famous St. John's overpass
The symbolic divide between St. John's and the rest of the province — the Overpass — is scheduled to receive a $5.6 million makeover.
A contractor has starting work on rebuilding and expanding the interchange at Kenmount Road and Topsail Road.
It's the overpass in the commonly used phrase "beyond the overpass" which refers to all areas in Newfoundland and Labrador outside of St. John's.
Transportation Minister Tom Hedderson is asking drivers to be patient while work is being done in the area.
"A diversion road will be built and paved, and there will be a traffic light on Topsail Road to control the traffic. Expect delays, but again, that should be completed this fall," said Hedderson.
When the work is finished the Kenmount Road overpass will be four-lanes wide. Topsail Road will have six lanes.
All "townies/ baymen" jokes aside, this is an upgrade LONG overdue, given the levels of traffic in this area. I work just near here and the traffic lines off from this overpass to the next one about 1 km up the road, Truth be told, an intersection instead of an overpass would likely suffice.