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Detours in downtown St. John’s change yet again

Construction has once again caused a couple more changes to the way drivers commute through downtown St. John’s.

For the past few weeks underground infrastructure installation has caused detours on Water Street where it meets Waldegrave Street and Harbour Drive. As of Tuesday morning traffic was permitted to once again flow in all directions through the area, albeit with reduced lanes and occasional stoppages. The road will remain gravel in the area until asphalt becomes available toward the end of May.

Meanwhile, it’s anticipated a road closure at the other end of Harbour Drive will snarl traffic until the end of June.

Prescott Street will be closed between Duckworth Street and Water Street. Job’s Cove will also be closed, however traffic traveling eastbound on Harbour Drive will be permitted to turn onto Water Street continuing eastbound. Traffic on Water Street will be permitted to continue straight through the intersection. Some minor delays are anticipated during the time of construction.

Temporary Metrobus stops and routes will remain until further notice.

Crews extinguish minor fire at downtown restaurant

Fire crews were called to a downtown restaurant late Saturday night to find the building filling with smoke.

A call from the building’s alarm company alerted the 911 Communications Centre to a possible fire at The Salt House Kitchen on Water Street. When firefighters arrived on the scene, at about 12:30 a.m., they discovered smoke inside the business. Upon making entry and investigating the cause of the smoke they found a small fire in the basement of the restaurant.

Firefighters made quick work of the fire, and used a fan to clear smoke from the building. There was little fire and smoke damage to the building. At publication time it was unclear if business would be affected.

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