Nfld. & Labrador

Dangerous Kenmount and Polina intersection realigned and reopened

The intersection was notorious for being one of the most dangerous in the city.

Construction of storm sewer ongoing

The intersection at Kenmount Road and Polina Road has reopened after the city realigned it as part of a bigger construction effort in the area. (Danny Arsenault/CBC)

The intersection at Kenmount Road and Polina Road reopened on Tuesday after months of construction, and the city says safety will improve as a result.

The intersection was notorious for being one of the most dangerous in the city, most notably after claiming the life of Nick Coates in 2013.

The 27-year-old was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a pickup truck after a drunk driver pulled out of Polina Road.

Citizens — some saying they've seen numerous accidents at the intersection — have called for changes to the intersection for years.  

Now that the realignment is complete, with traffic lights installed, the city said in a release that motorist and pedestrian safety in the area will be significantly improved.

Construction will continue on Kenmount Road until November, according to the city. (Danny Arsenault/CBC)

The Polina Road realignment took roughly three months to complete, and was part of the ongoing road construction in the area where the city is upgrading a storm sewer along Kenmount Road. 

It also includes a new entrance to the Avalon Mall parking lot and the surrounding businesses. 

The entire construction project should be completed by November, the city says.

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