It could be a slower commute from Mitchell to Steinbach over the next week.

On Wednesday, crews began microsurfacing the eastbound lanes.

Microsurfacing is a thin surface treatment to smooth the existing asphalt pavement.

While no formal detour is in place, traffic will be down to one lane and motorists are asked to slow down and respect workers' safety.

Weather permitting, the work is expected to be complete by next week Tuesday.