As of 8 a.m. this morning, crews got down to work chipping away at Altona's deteriorated Main Street. 

Promised by the Manitoba Government last fall, the plan is to replace the west side curbing from Centre Ave to 6th Ave. before work begins on the 60 mm mill and fill work on the driving surface and parking lanes.

In an updated sent to PembinaValleyOnline, Public Works Manager, Clint Derksen, the curb and gutter demolition got underway this morning and he expected crews to finish excavating the old concrete curbing by the end of the day. This, he noted, will allow for compacting and other base work to begin this week. 

"I think we can expect to see new concrete curb and gutter as early as next week," said Derksen. 

The milling crew will follow shortly after, then paving. All of this, of course, is weather dependent. 

Meantime, the area has been designated a Construction Zone for the duration of the project, and Derksen urges motorists to be respectful of the crew and the equipment by slowing down when travelling through. 

The encouragement comes after he and local police witnessed an incident Wednesday morning that the Altona Police Service says risked the safety of a driver and the crew. 

A social media post by the Altona Police Service indicates that no one was injured.