July 8, 2010
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - Motorists in the Saint John region will have to adjust to a major traffic pattern change during the next three weeks.
The eastbound lanes of Route 1 at the One Mile House interchange will be closed starting Saturday, July 10. Transportation Minister Denis Landry and department engineers provided an update on Phase 2 of the project today while visiting the construction site.
"This closure is necessary as the contractor will be installing a large drainage pipe across Route 1 to Marsh Creek near the Crown Street exit," said Landry. "Eastbound traffic will be shifted to the westbound lanes with one lane heading in each direction during the construction period. During this time, the department will also be painting new highway lines, installing new highway signs and moving median barriers."
To minimize traffic delays, motorists should adjust their travel times. Landry reminded drivers to be patient and reduce their speed in the construction zone.
Landry also announced the department has awarded a new tender, valued at more than $772,000, to K-line Construction Ltd. of Woodstock, for signing and lighting.
Two other construction firms are currently on the site:
The One Mile House interchange project includes a 600-m structure and associated ramps and roadways connecting Route 1 to Bayside Drive, crossing the Canadian National railyard, Marsh Creek and Rothesay Avenue.
The project has a scheduled completion date of 2012 and is designed to improve access and traffic flow in the industrial area of Saint John while reducing congestion from the downtown commercial district.
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.