The traffic cones were out all weekend, signalling the beginning of reconstruction of Rae Hill.

Traffic has been reduced to two lanes.  City of Timmins director of public works and engineering Pat Seguin says the first stage is to pulverize the existing pavement on the eastbound lanes.

“There’s a piece of equipment that will pulverize – it will grind up the asphalt and then then lay it back down to give it additional support and then we build the new layers above from that,” he explains.

The entire job is expected to wrap up at the end of August, so halfway through, work will switch to the westbound lanes.

“We would encourage cyclists to probably stay away from the zone,” Seguin advises. “We would probably encourage them to take alternate routes, such as Gold Mine Road.”