It's a sight that Estevan residents have been waiting years to see: fresh asphalt being applied to Souris Avenue North.
Souris North from Wellock Road to Isabelle Street has been resurfaced. Once the project is completed, Souris North and 13th Avenue from Wellock Road to the CP Rail crossing will have two layers of fresh, new asphalt.
"We think that the full project will be done by the end of September," said City manager Jim Puffalt. "Because we're trying to maintain the vehicular traffic, it takes a little extra time to work around the vehicles."
But new pavement is only part of the project.
Work on the curbs has been happening in conjunction with the rebuild. Curbing is nearly finished for the west side of Souris, and now crews are working on the east side of the avenue.
The curbs north of King Street were in poor shape, Puffalt said, and needed to be replaced. The boulevards in the centre of Souris North have been narrowed, which means that the driving lanes on Souris Avenue North will now be wider.
Puffalt said he doesn't have a timeline for how long it will take to finish the curbs, but he expects it won't require significantly more time.
All of the underground works for the project are finished, and the water main has been replaced beneath King Street from 13th Avenue and Cundall Drive. The brief portion of King Street has yet to be resurfaced.
Traffic was diverted from King Street between Hudson Road and 13th Avenue during the watermain replacement, and there have been detours on Souris North during the underground work, the curb replacement, the boulevard alterations and the resurfacing. Most of the traffic that would have used Souris North has been rerouted onto Victoria Avenue.
"It's always disruptive to people, and it's hard to be patient, but the end result will be a really nice street," said Puffalt. "As we've been asking for some time, we're asking people to avoid the area if they can, to look for signs and to look for cones."
Those who do have to drive in area are encouraged to drive slowly and to respect the contractors.