The end is apparently near in Enderby.
The Ministry of Transportation expects paving on Highway 97A to begin next week and the $4.1 million upgrade project could be done by the end of November.
“I’m pretty excited,” said Mayor Dee Wejr of the timeline.
The project started in October 2010 but it was put on hold during the summer because of some delays. The work resumed in early October.
Wejr says navigating around Enderby has been a challenge.
“If you are a local, you know where to go to get around but for people passing through, it’s been frustrating,” she said.
But Enderby Chamber of Commerce president Ted Morrison says the work crews did what they could to minimize problems.
“The flagging crew keep it lively and they have done a fantastic job of handling traffic flows,” he said.
Utility poles are in the process of being relocated, and the contractor has completed water, sanitary and storm sewer work.
“They have placed the majority of the new concrete curb and gutter throughout the project, working around the utility poles,” said Ken Aura, with the Ministry of Transportation.
“Over the remainder of this week, they will be prepping the roadways for paving, which includes milling the existing pavement.”
Other activity planned over the next few weeks includes pouring concrete sidewalks, new traffic signal installations, sign installation, pavement marking and other finishing works.
New lights will be installed at Hubert and Mill streets, replacing the current one at Cliff Street. It’s anticipated that will lead to a change in traffic patterns.
“We really don’t know what the impact will be long-term on businesses until we see what traffic flows are like. We will have to do some monitoring,” said Morrison.