After a long wait in a construction zone, drivers will see less orange signs east of Regina.
The Ministry of Highways announced Monday the official completion of phase one of the Regina Bypass. This phase links up Arcola Avenue in southeast Regina with Highway 1 east at Balgonie.
Traffic has slowly been returning to normal along the eastern stretch of the highway with the opening of overpasses at Balgonie and White City in late September.
The new Tower Road from Arcola Avenue to Highway 1 is now officially open, along with the overpass at that intersection.
The service roads running south and east from Highway 33 to Pilot Butte and the north and south service roads from Pilot Butte to Balgonie are also now open.
The diamond interchange at Pilot Butte is set to be finished in the 2018 construction season.
The next phase of the massive infrastructure project will link the east around the south side of the city from Highway 33 to Highway 1 west. New interchanges at Highway 6 and Highway 1 are expected to be complete by 2019.
There is also a two-year timeline for the west route of the bypass, which will eventually link up Highway 1 west to Highway 11 north. It will include overpasses at Hill Avenue, Dewdney Avenue, 9th Avenue and Highway 11.