Trans-Canada Highway near Salmonier Line set to reopen

Both directions on the Trans-Canada Highway near Salmonier Line are set to reopen early Saturday morning.

Westbound lanes now clear for traffic

The sinkhole on the TCH formed on Dec. 31 that caused headaches for those travelling on the busy highway. (Dept. of Transportation and Works)

Traffic is set to flow once again on the Trans-Canada Highway near Salmonier Line early Saturday morning.

The Department of Transportation and Works wrote at about 7 p.m. Friday that the highway had partially reopened to westbound traffic.

Paving continues on the eastbound lanes, heading towards St. John's, but government officials said that direction is expected to reopen at 1 a.m. Saturday.

The highway had been closed through the area since Dec. 31, after a culvert failed and a sinkhole opened up in the road.

A detour through Holyrood has been adding hours to many travellers' commutes, and the area has seen consistent traffic backups.

Earlier this week, acting transportation minister Eddie Joyce gave an estimated re-opening date of Saturday.