The Conception Bay South Bypass extension was officially opened on rainy and windy morning with the cut of a ribbon.
The $25.3-million project spans from Legion Road to Seal Cove —a distance of 5.6 kilometres.
The provincial government contributed $18.8 million, with the federal government coming in for $6.5 million through the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund.
“The C.B.S. Bypass is a very important piece of highway infrastructure that will significantly enhance the flow of traffic in the region,” Nick McGrath, Minister of Transportation and Works, said in a news release.
“Traffic volumes on the Avalon Peninsula have increased substantially in recent years generated by unprecedented economic growth."
Rob Moore, Minister of State, including the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, said the project was a priority for the Government of Canada, for Newfoundland and Labrador and for residents of Conception Bay South,.
“This new stretch of highway will reduce road congestion and more importantly will improve road safety for area residents and travellers alike," he said.