St. John's Mayor Dennis O'Keefe says there is a solution to the traffic congestion in and around the city.

He says transportation planning has to be done on a regional basis, with neighbouring municipalities working with the capital city to improve and expand roads.

Otherwise, O'Keefe says, Pitts Memorial Drive, Thorburn Road, and Topsail Road will only get busier. 

'... a year or two or three from now, you're going to have pack a lunch to get in and out of the CMA area at certain times of the day.'- St. John's Mayor Dennis O'Keefe

"Then a year or two or three from now, you're going to have pack a lunch to get in and out of the CMA area at certain times of the day," O'Keefe said.

"You almost have to do it now if you want to go out Kenmount Road or Torbay Road or Portugal Cove Road at 4:30 in the afternoon."

O'Keefe says regional co-operation already happens with fire services and the water supply.