When construction begins on Government Road in the near future, there will be one less delay you will have to be worried about. Town Council has decided to hold off paving St. Patrick and Algonquin Streets until next year because they will be heavily used during the detour. Instead, Cournoyer and de L’Etang streets will be getting fresh coats of pavement. Mayor Dave Plourde says major construction projects take their toll on all streets.

“These streets get a lot of abuse during the construction period, and we feel for the residents who see a lot of traffic on those streets,” he said. “The side streets are not meant take a lot of the abuse from the heavy traffic.”

Plourde says it makes sense to switch up the streets.

“So those two streets St. Patrick’s and Alongquin will be used in the detour during the Highway 11 construction, so it wouldn’t be prudent to be paving them at the same time,” he said.

Last week Council approved Villeneuve Construction of Hearst as the company that will carry out the construction on Government Road. The project includes new water and sewer lines, new pavement, and the easement of the hill heading east of Kapuskasing.