Improvements Coming to Veterans Memorial Highway #nltraffic

Both the provincial and federal government will be investing money to make the Veterans Memorial Highway safer.

Over $4.8 million in funding for improvements to the Veterans Memorial Highway.

The Province will contribute $2.6 million towards the project with the Government of Canada contributing up to $2.2 million through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component - National Regional Projects.

Work includes the creation of additional ramps at the Valley Road interchange on Route 70 in Carbonear, and the addition of rumble strips and climbing lanes along Route 75, between the Trans-Canada Highway and the Bay Roberts Interchange at Country Road.

The work marks the first time in the province’s history that rumble strips will be added to the centre line of a highway where passing is prohibited to alert motorists who inadvertently veer from their lane. The strips will also be added to the highway shoulders.

The two additional right-turning ramps on Route 70 will also increase safety and eliminate the need for vehicles, including school buses to and from of Carbonear Academy and Carbonear Collegiate, to cross oncoming traffic to exit the highway.