Funding announced to plan new Saint John interchange

The provincial government has announced $1.2 million to begin the planning for a new Route 1 interchange in Saint John.

The funding in 2018-19 will also be used for four-way traffic signals at two busy Saint John intersections to help improve safety and traffic flow.

In a news release, the province says there will be two and a half years of preparation work before the new north-south connection between Foster-Thurston Drive and Ashburn Lake Road is built.

Construction on the $31.2 million project is expected to begin in the spring of 2021.

Government says four-way traffic signals will be installed at the intersection of Rothesay Avenue and Rothesay Road, as well as at the westbound off-ramp of Route 1 at Rothesay Avenue.