The Rural Municipality of Hanover has now finalized its capital projects for 2024.

Rob Driedger is Manager of Engineering and Utilities. He says they have projects happening in each of their five communities as well as the rural area. Driedger says the combined budget for all the projects is approximately $2 million and says the work should take up the majority of the summer.

According to Driedger, tenders came in very close to what had been budgeted. 

"Looks like the pricing, post-COVID has kind of flattened out," says Driedger. "We're seeing our pricing coming in where we expected at this point."

In Mitchell, Driedger says projects include a full reconstruction of a portion of Centre Street North as well as asphalt resurfacing of pathways from Highway 52 to Burntwood Drive and Oakenwald Crescent. The combined cost for all projects is approximately $800,000. 

In Grunthal, their capital project this year involves resurfacing Birch Street from Froese Road to Pine Street. The total cost is approximately $92,000.

Driedger says in Blumenort there are a number of concrete sidewalk projects being planned that will connect Stoney Creek Drive to Harvest Bay, Edgemont Place, and Friesen Avenue. That project will cost approximately $80,000. There are also plans to resurface the existing Oakdale pathway at a cost of about $60,000.

In New Bothwell, Driedger says they will install concrete sidewalks along Falcon Drive and Sheila Drive to the tune of about $85,000.

Driedger says they have quite a few sidewalks to construct in Kleefeld along 4th Street, Barkman Avenue, Barak Drive and Briarwood Avenue, at a combined cost of about $200,000. There is also an asphalt pathway resurfacing project connecting Aspen Bay and Deerpath Drive that will cost about $20,000.

And, in the rural area, Driedger says their biggest capital project in 2024 will see the asphalt resurfacing of Hanover Road from Road 30E to 31E. He notes crews are expected to tackle that project early this spring at a cost of approximately $650,000. 

Driedger says the construction of pathways has been a popular theme in Hanover over the last few years.

"It seems to be the trend in the last number of years," says Driedger, noting a lot of these capital projects will be completed through the Local Urban District budgets and their service plans. "I think the communities really want to see their ratepayers connected within their communities. So, it's something that they've highlighted."

As far as a timeline for these projects, Driedger says the asphalt overlay projects are usually the first to get tackled. He expects the Hanover Road project and Grunthal resurfacing to be the first ones started.