Road to expansion

Bonnie Belec
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C.B.S. looks to bypass extension as a route to a prosperous future

When Robert Dawe built his garage in 1959, he could stand on the Conception Bay South highway and smoke a full cigarette without a vehicle passing by.

“I was working on it till 1960,” he said Thursday from his backyard shed behind the bigger garage.

“Then, you could go out in the middle of the road and sit down and smoke a cigarette before a car would come up or down. You could spend five or six minutes sometimes. Now you goes out to go down the road and I tell you, you got to watch it. It’s a job to get down the road,” Dawe said.

And the traffic is about to get worse outside his home in Seal Cove as the province continues the Conception Bay South Bypass Road extension project from Legion Road in Kelligrews, along Route 60, to just below the College of the North Atlantic Seal Cove campus.

Dawe and his wife, Millicent, aren’t complaining about the traffic — they just wish the extension was finished.

They remember when the surveyor stood next to their property to mark the land where a super-highway would one day run — that was 35 years ago.

“They’ve been at this for years. I’ve never seen the likes of surveying, always surveying,” said Millicent, working in her garden as the sounds of heavy equipment could be heard beeping, digging and dumping in the background.

 “I wish it was done,” Dawe said. “They started to cut the trails 35 years ago. After a little while they’d come back and survey again. You could see the trail. They’ve been at it some spell. I think a lot of it has to do with the elections — election bait. They’re going to do it, going to do it, going to do it,” he said counting on his fingers. “Now this is the fourth time — Christ almighty.”

The $26-million project — cost-shared with the federal government — began in 2010 and includes a 5.6-kilometre highway, underpasses and overpasses, on-ramps and off-ramps.

When the announcement was made, C.B.S. MHA Terry French said the extension will help remove heavy commuter traffic from Route 60, which will lead to more efficient traffic flow in the town.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Transportation and Works said the project is scheduled to wrap up at the end of the summer or early fall, with the last piece of work being the overpass on Scott’s Road in Kelligrews.

Scott’s Road has been severed and can only be accessed by driving onto Andrew’s Road.

C.B.S. Coun. Kirk Youden, who represents Ward 4 — Riverdale to Quarry Bridge — said a few roads in the town have been affected by the work.

He said Scott’s Road will be rejoined once the overpass is built, but there will be some adjustments for residents.

“There’s been some renaming of streets and addresses changed, which the town has done in advance, but with any construction project there’s going to be changes and people are going to complain,” Youden said.

“But we’ve been lobbying for 10 years to finish it and while residents don’t like to be woken up 6:30 or 7 o’clock in the morning, and don’t like to be delayed in traffic, they certainly will enjoy the benefits when they have easier access to the city, to their jobs,” he said.

And by opening up the town,  C.B.S. has opened up the opportunity for more commercial development, Youden said.

Five years ago, the town didn’t have any industrial land, but now the road will encourage new commercial development, especially with the industrial park at the top of Legion Road, he said.

“The road has been instrumental in the development of Conception Bay South. We were a one-road town before, but now we have more access to land for all developments.”

But Youden said there will be inconveniences until the road is finished.

One of those is a detour in Seal Cove that was announced in a public advisory Tuesday from the Department of Transportation and Works.

“The Department of Transportation and Works advises that traffic will temporarily be diverted through Seal Cove via Garden Road and Seal Cove Road between Wednesday, June 5 and Tuesday, June 11. This diversion is necessary as construction of the Conception Bay South (CBS) Bypass advances to tie-in Route 60 near Seal Cove,” it said.

The town also has an advisory on its website adding Route 60 will be accessible to businesses and residences in that area.

The detour wasn’t in effect Thursday, but the department’s spokeswoman said the contractor advised the department it may be another day or two before it is ready to divert traffic.

“It’s only a five-minute diversion. I’m sure people will complain about having to go off the road down into Seal Cove, but contractors have a short period to get things done, so I guess they don’t want to close it until they have to. We’ve been making people aware it is coming,” Youden said.


Organizations: College of the North Atlantic Seal Cove, Department of Transportation and Works

Geographic location: Seal Cove Road, Legion Road, Conception Bay Kelligrews Garden Road

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Recent comments

    June 07, 2013 - 23:43

    JACKSON, how wrong you are on Tha Gateway. First, Mayor French didn't start this, Mayor Smith and the previous council before Mayor French and it was he who messed it up. The whole project was a go with other major stores wanting to come in, however the council of the day under Smith tried to nickle and dime it to death, turned the proponents off and left the mess for Mayor French to clean up. At least get your facts straight. It is you who needs Planning 101, and some skill in research before making your comments. Also, it isn't debt ridden, again check your facts, they are open to anyone. As for the construction a look at the town plan, and development plans show a great deal of planning went into each subdivision. Have you ever gone to a council meeting, or a plan ammendment or other such meeting, at appears not. Looks like you may be someone who is simply against development, the NIMBY type. Lern to research all sides first Jackson, you seemed to have missed so many facts.

  • Yosef
    June 07, 2013 - 12:40

    Applauding all the working being done on the new section of the cbs bipass road. I think that one bit has been forgotten. The next interchange west of legion rd. is lawrence pd. rd. A very narrow road. I dont see any one thing being done to upgrade that rd. I fear for the people who like to walk and jogg in the area there. Such a beautful area.

  • TopCat
    June 07, 2013 - 10:20

    Hi all, Hmmm CBS?? What are we to do? I remember being in a Municipal planning session in or about the 90's and after much discussion and pontificating a learned gentleman said, CBS , ( Just imagine who would name their Town That!), Many irregularities and zoning issues are continually violated and ignored , the community has a propensity to need a shed larger than their house?? A day or two later I ran into the same man who enquired about the name and he Declared, " I have the solution to Zoning and development in "CBS"..... " Torch It and Start over,,,,,,,,,,,,, Never too late , ,,, it is a complete mess. See you at "KENTS"...... LOL ,,,,,,, Shed party 5 p.m. all invited!!!!! Go Shoeline NEWS, LOL. CBS won Hockey Town and could not put off the Game,,,, LOL what a joke ?

  • Kim
    June 07, 2013 - 09:14

    This will be great for all of CBS. Route 60 is becoming unbearable. The unfortunate part is the bypass road is way too narrow and it really should have been 4 lanes. I fear that the congestion will still force people down onto route 60 at peak times.

  • Stand by
    June 07, 2013 - 08:41

    Glad to see the work well underway and near completion. I live close by the highway and to the new proposed trail, now if only the Town of CBS and Enforcement could crack down on the use of ATV's in this area. Especially in evenings and on Sundays. The trail near the river, the soil and hydro seed placed last spring is almost all but destroyed by the constant use and nuisance and noise of ATV 's and dirt bikes. I have given up calling and complaining because it doesn't make a difference. Despite recent new regulations. No one shows up.Sadly no one seems to care, unless of course it was in their backyard.

    June 07, 2013 - 08:19

    To James, all developemnt in CBS is regulated, where do you get your information at all! If you are not happy then move, I've been in the area for over 30 years, worked here in the area for all that time and love it out here. I don't have a plastic shack either, and really don't see many of them around, none in fact. People move here because they want to, those who don't like it move out. CBS has been around for over 200 years, in various forms and towns, developing over time into one town, with regulations. You really should research a little more, and the column here is about making things better, taking trafic off the main road and making life out here a little easier to commute. Sounds like you are full of sour grapes.You obviously know little about the town history, how it developed over 200 years or more and how urban planners are working to make the town well planned for the future. They can't do much about the historical growth in the early centuries, however they are working with today's growth and planning.

    • Jackson
      June 07, 2013 - 08:54

      Peter if you're calling the hodge-podge of construction in CBS progress one of us needs to do some Planning 101. That multi million Gateway at the top of Legion Road is nothing but a wasteland of gravel pits and huge boulders. On any given day at Kent's there's more employee vehicles there than customers. French's multi-million dollar debt ridden boondoggle is still being flogged by a mainland P.R. firm without success. CBS's Muskrat Falls?

  • James
    June 07, 2013 - 06:45

    Life in a suburban slum sucks doen't it? 35 years knowing that that cheap neighbourhood where you built was slated for ongoing unregulated development... Everyone wants a plastic shack in the country, but everyone is pissed off that everyone else wants a plastic shack in the country. We plan and create ecological and social disasters, and then pretend that the problems were unforeseeable! Every urban planner and educated person in the world knows that CBS is a mess and knows that we are only making it worse and not better. So what should we do? We'll continue to follow development models that have been proven repeatedly to be unsustainable and unhealthy.

    • Happy CBS Resident
      June 07, 2013 - 07:50

      To James - my you're a happy CBS resident this morning.....maybe you should go take your happy pill and get out of CBS if your not happy there. There is a lot of beautiful homes in CBS they are not all plastic shacks as you say. You're obviously a pretty jealous person.

    • Jackson
      June 07, 2013 - 08:23

      Yes HAPPY, and all those half-million dollar beautiful homes are packed so close together it a guy in one gets a pain in his stomach the lady next door goes to the toilet.