Residents in the west end of Conception Bay South are getting frustrated with the long detours and traffic delays in this construction season, but they do know there is an end in sight.
The C.B.S Bypass Road is being extended from Kelligrews to Seal Cove and is scheduled to open later this year.
The new road, about a year or more behind schedule, will be welcomed by thousands of drivers who now have to deal with long delays during rush hour.
In recent weeks, there have been even more delays, which have raised the ire of residents and anyone trying to drive Route 60 in that area.
To facilitate some work at the Seal Cove exit for the bypass road, the provincial Department of Transportation and Works announced June 4 that there would be a week-long traffic detour. Drivers could not travel on a section of Route 60 in Seal Cove and had to use Seal Cove Road and Garden Road from June 5-11.
It is now a month later and the detour is still in place.
There has been no public update from the provincial government, but residents and others who use the road know that the detour did not start until June 12 and was still in place this week.
People who live on Garden Road and Seal Cove Road are now into the fourth week of heavy traffic and some drivers who refuse to respect the speed limits and construction zone signs.
The question on many minds is how did a one-week detour turn into more than four weeks?
Just when drivers thought the detour would end, there was a major traffic jam last week due to construction in Upper Gullies.
Drivers experienced lengthy delays when a construction company was installing water and sewer for a new subdivision just west of Andrews Road.
It is difficult to believe that our council or the provincial government, or both, allowed a construction company to tear up the road during rush hour.
Yes, such construction is common and we have to put up with some resulting minor inconveniences.
However, when the road is the only one in town to get to Seal Cove and area, the project should have been better planned and the powers that be should have worked with the company to ensure the work was scheduled at a time that would be least disruptive for drivers — perhaps evenings and weekends.
C.B.S. celebrated a milestone last week with the opening of the new Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre.
The centre’s focus is on the fossils and interpretation of the river, yet there is much more to the building. It has a café which overlooks the river that is being operated by Savvy, a Kelligrews-based fresh food restaurant known for its healthy alternatives to fast-food fare.
The main floor also features a well-stocked gift shop and a large meeting room that can be rented for catered functions such as meetings, receptions and weddings.
The lower floor of the centre features exhibits and displays, and a smaller meeting room and a 52-seat theatre, which can be extended into the smaller meeting room for larger audiences.
For more information on the centre, visit www.manuelsriver.com.
Traditional evening prayer services will be held July and August at the historic
St. John the Evangelist Church in Topsail on Sundays at 7 p.m. Tours of the old church are also available by contacting the church office at 834–2336.
Joan Butler is a lifelong resident of Kelligrews, Conception Bay South. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org