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Transportation and Works
March 5, 2010

Torbay Bypass Nearing Finish Line

In preparation for the opening of the Torbay Bypass, a 1.4 kilometre section of Torbay Road, between RCAF Road and Karon Drive, will be widened from two lanes to five. This project will alleviate traffic congestion in the area. The Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works, announced the tender call for this work today.

"Since the Torbay Bypass project was announced in the spring of 2007 we have been working diligently towards its completion," said Minister Hedderson. "This most recent tender brings this project one step closer to fruition and is a further example of the Williams Government’s commitment to investing in important regional infrastructure."

The total cost of the Torbay Bypass is estimated at $20 million. Of this amount, $10 million is being cost-shared 50/50 by the Provincial and Federal Governments under the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund. The remaining $10 million is being funded solely by the Provincial Government bringing the total Provincial Government contribution to this project to $15 million.

"People in the region are anxiously awaiting the completion of the Torbay Bypass," said Kevin Parsons, MHA for Cape St. Francis. "Once opened to traffic, this new road will help reduce traffic congestion along Torbay Road and make for more efficient movement of people and goods throughout the Northeast Avalon Region. Area communities are continuing to grow and through the construction of this bypass, we are ensuring that transportation infrastructure will meet the needs of residents into the future."

It is anticipated the Torbay Bypass will be completed and open to traffic in the fall of 2010.

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Roger Scaplen
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 697-5267 
Donna Ivey
Communications Manager
Government Members Office
709-729-0898, 697-1424

2010 03 05                                                     10:15 a.m.

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