A portion of Centre Street North in Mitchell will be closed to traffic for about five weeks.

Rob Driedger is Manager of Engineering and Utilities for the Rural Municipality of Hanover. Driedger says Fast Brothers Limited is expecting to start construction on Monday, May 27th on one of Hanover's largest capital projects of the year. 

The project will see Centre Street North rebuilt from Highway 52 to Birch Avenue. Driedger explains that what is being done this year is much more intensive than the fixes that have taken place in past years. He notes there is a lot of aquifer and water pressure that is coming up from underneath the sub-surface. Crews will be installing sub-drains to catch that water.

"So, we'll be stripping off the existing asphalt, burying the sub-drains, redoing some ditch work, redoing the surface, and then re-asphalting the surface after that," explains Driedger. 

According to Driedger, the project is expected to take 25 working days. That means if they can begin the work on Monday, they should be wrapped by the July long weekend. 

"(They) might have a little bit of landscaping after," he notes. "But if the weather cooperates, 25 working days should be the schedule."

Driedger reminds motorists that during construction, that stretch of Centre Street North will be closed to traffic. However, they will maintain access to both the store and the Co-op gas station. 

"But as far as residential or through traffic, we're asking all residents to use the side streets," he says. 

Driedger adds Canada Post will be moving the mailboxes that are located along that street. Impacted residents will be notified where to pick up their mail. 

"We just ask people to be patient through the process," requests Driedger. "And they will get it completed as quickly as possible."

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