St. John’s outer ring nearing end

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VIRGINIA WATERS, Nfld. – Traffic congestion will be lessened now that the Newfoundland capital area truckers can travel another portion of the outer ring road.

Recently Minister of Works, Services and Transportation, Percy Barrett and Walter Noel, the MHA of Virginia Waters, opened the much-ballyhooed route.

The recent road opening will help with traffic problems that often have the intersection of Torbay Road and Stavanger Drive backed up.

The 20-kilometre project has alleviated much of the bottlenecking as a result of commercial and residential development in the area.

As well, it is expected to smooth out transportation issues even more when completed in 2003.

When all is said and done, the outer ring venture will cost $68.2 million, and will provide truckers and motorists with a more direct route to the east end of St. John’s via divided highway. More convenient access to the provincial highway network for those in communities north of the city will also be welcomed.

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