© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
The new highway on the way into Bonshaw.
Less than a year after protesters shut down construction, part of the Trans-Canada Highway realignment known as Plan B opened to traffic Monday.
Transportation Minister Robert Vessey said it was great to see traffic flowing on the road and construction progressing to where the department wanted it at this point in the project.
“It’s very satisfying to see it open up,” he said.
The last of the paving work needed to connect the expanded Bonshaw Bridge to the rest of the highway wrapped up Monday morning.
It was supposed to be finished over the weekend, but Vessey said a problem with the contractor’s asphalt plant meant it didn’t start until Monday.
“They started early this morning and got the section paved and everything on schedule,” he said.
Vehicles can now drive between the Bonshaw Bridge and Strathgartney Provincial Park along the new highway as construction continues on the rest of the project.
Vessey said the next section of the road will likely open to traffic between Strathgartney Provincial Park and the former Encounter Creek property in New Haven next week.
The rest is expected to open by the end of October.