On the road Workers pave a portion of Prairie Valley Road as part of an upgrade project. Work on the road and a roundabout will now stop for the winter

On the road Workers pave a portion of Prairie Valley Road as part of an upgrade project. Work on the road and a roundabout will now stop for the winter

Road upgrade halts for winter

Crews are winding down their work on the Prairie Valley Road upgrade project for the winter.

Crews are winding down their work on the Prairie Valley Road upgrade project for the winter.

On Friday, the portion of the road from Wharton Street to Victoria Road South was paved. Lines will be painted on the road and some streetlights will be added.

The rest of the work on the upgrade project will resume in mid-February, said Don Darling director of works and utilities for the municipality.

The road work includes widening the road, adding a roundabout intersection at Prairie Valley Road and Victoria Road South and water diversion work.

The total cost of the work is $3.8 million. At present, $2.99 million is already in the municipality’s accounts.

The improvements also include sidewalks and bike lanes.

Congestion and long lineups at the intersection of Prairie Valley Road and Victoria Road South have been problems in the community for many years.

To accommodate the roundabout, an old house at the corner must be torn down.

The Summerland Heritage Advisory Commission had earlier said the house had heritage value and had explored options to preserve it, either by moving it to another property or by relocating it on its existing site.

Darling said asbestos had been used in the house and had to be removed before it could be taken down.