The wait is finally over as road repairs on Highway 2 are in full swing.
Yesterday, road crews began the process of repaving the road damaged by flooding this past spring.
In total, 14 kilometres of road will be repaved at an estimated cost of $16 million.
Joel Cherry, communications officer for the Ministry of Highways, says that part of the project will involve measures to avoid future flood damage on Highway 2.
“They are installing two culverts through the area that was flooded, as well as putting an extra layer of pavement overtop of it to further stabilize the road”, Cherry said. “There was work scheduled to be done on that stretch of highway even before there was any flooding, but they are doing a bit of extra work there to make sure the road is safe and that this sort of flooding doesn’t happen there again. “
The highway re-opened at the end of August after being closed to light traffic.
Heavy trucks continued to drive through the flooded area, causing further damage to the highway.
“Now that the flood water has subsided, we will be able to fully repair and strengthen this important passageway to the north,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. “The new culverts will help to ensure water flows safely under the road, while the new pavement will provide a strong, smooth driving surface.”
Cherry says that the paving will be completed before the snow falls, but some work, mainly the installation of culverts, will remain for the next construction season.
The crews are in place, the equipment is there and they are going to get the road paved as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, the twinning project of Highway 11 between Prince Albert and Saskatoon is inching towards completion. The ministry of highways maintains that the road will be fully twinned by the end of the construction season.