On the plus side, it may prevent a few truckers from slamming into the Kemnay bridge.
But drivers who commute in or out of Brandon on Highway 1A will be forced to detour on gravel roads as construction begins along the road.
The province has closed a two-kilometre stretch of the highway as of Thursday morning, sending drivers around on a gravel road detour.
Overall this summer, the province plans to repave a huge stretch of Highway 1A, which becomes Victoria Avenue as it enters Brandon. In total, the province will do about eight kilometres of paving, from 50th Street to nearly Kemnay.
And that’s not all. Provincial crews are already ripping up Victoria Avenue from 18th Street to 12th Street, and plan to push east all the way to First Street by the end of construction season.
Last year, Victoria Avenue was identified as the worst road in Manitoba by a web poll, and the province responded by repaving from 34th Street to 18th Street.
On the city-maintained portion of Victoria Avenue East, which is east of First Street, municipal crews also repaved a few blocks last year from Douglas Street to 17th Street East.
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