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UPDATED: City of Corner Brook considering asking province to bring back two turning lanes on Mill Road

A work crew was busy Tuesday afternoon replacing the concrete median that had been removed last year to temporarily accommodate two lanes of traffic entering the Lewin Parkway from Mill Road in Corner Brook.
A work crew was busy Tuesday afternoon replacing the concrete median that had been removed last year to temporarily accommodate two lanes of traffic entering the Lewin Parkway from Mill Road in Corner Brook. - Gary Kean

While it’s gone back to the way it used to be, there is a chance Mill Road in Corner Brook might revert back to two lanes of left-turning traffic.

The traffic flow was changed last August to accommodate traffic detours necessitated by the demolition of the old Main Street bridge connecting Corner Brook’s east and west sides.

On Tuesday of this week, the city reconfigured the traffic flow back to just one lane of left-turning traffic, with the right lane’s only option being to cross the Lewin Parkway and enter the gates of Corner Brook Pulp and Paper.

The City of Corner Brook said Wednesday that the provincial government, which is responsible for maintaining the Lewin Parkway, had only granted the city temporary permission to have two lanes of turning traffic in the location.

The understanding was that, once the bridge was finished, traffic flow would be restored to having one turning lane.

The bridge was officially opened this past weekend, although the traffic detour ended in December.

The city did confirm it is considering requesting a permanent conversion to having two turning lanes and the issue is currently under review.

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(Earlier story)

The traffic flow from Mill Road onto the Lewin Parkway in front of Corner Brook Pulp and Paper is reverting to how it used to be.

Changes were made late last summer to accommodate detoured traffic during the Main Street bridge demolition and new construction.

The changes entailed a new traffic light configuration and removing a section of the median on the Lewin Parkway so it could handle two lanes of traffic coming from Mill Road.

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Late Tuesday afternoon, the City of Corner Brook issued an advisory that, because the Main Street bridge has been completed, traffic on Mill Road will go back to once again having only one turning lane onto the Lewin Parkway.

The changes are effective immediately, according to the city.

Changes have been made to the traffic signals in the area and a work crew was pouring cement Tuesday afternoon to replace the median on the Lewin Parkway that had been removed last August.

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