The paving of Centre Street North in Mitchell is scheduled to happen this week yet. 

In late May, Fast Brothers Limited began work on one of Hanover's largest capital projects of the year. The project involves rebuilding Centre Street North from Highway 52 to Birch Avenue. It includes stripping off the existing asphalt, burying sub-drains, redoing ditch work and the surface, and then re-asphalting the surface.

Weather permitting, the work was supposed to be done by the July long weekend. 

"Obviously the weather this year has not been conducive to construction," says Rob Driedger, Manager of Engineering and Utilities for the Rural Municipality of Hanover.

He notes there have been setbacks, such as waiting for the material and the area to dry so that the street can be worked on. 

But Driedger says the road is now ready for asphalt.

"We are just waiting for the asphalt company to be on site and start paving and that is right now scheduled for Friday of this week," notes Driedger. 

According to Driedger, paving will probably take two full days. He notes they will take one day to pave the street and a second day to pave the approaches. Driedger is hopeful that the work will be completed on Monday. 

Then, if the weather holds, Driedger says they should be able to begin with landscape work next week. 

Motorists wishing to use Centre Street North will notice that barricades are still up as that road remains closed to traffic. However, access is being maintained to both the store and the Co-op gas station.

Driedger says Centre Street North will remain closed to traffic during the paving process. However, it will be open to traffic while crews complete the landscaping. 

"There might be some intermittent interruptions when they are working close to the shoulders and such," says Driedger. "But for the most part once it's paved it should be open to traffic."

He says the landscape work could take a couple of weeks, noting some areas are still quite wet. 

Meanwhile, Driedger says other than the weather not cooperating, the project has proceeded as expected. He notes there have been no surprises and it remains on budget. 

The budget for this project is approximately $700,000.