Chilliwack motorists are being asked to consider avoiding a Prest Road construction zone right now, where construction started on two traffic-calming roundabouts.
Crews began a two-week construction job on Monday to rebuild the intersections with single-lane roundabouts on Prest Road, at Prairie Central Road, and Bailey Road.
The Prest project will see road widening and bike lanes added.
Delays are expected to be up to 15 minutes at certain peak times, according to city officials. Motorists are encouraged to seek out a different route, or travelling at a different time of day, if possible.
The next phase of property acquisition and utility pole relocation is about to start, staff said.
The Prest Road upgrade is aimed at “cutting congestion” along the major north-south corridor, by increasing capacity and safety for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
The current phase of Prest Road improvements, is about $2 million of the $30 million total leading up to 2051, that will be completed in series of phases.