86 Street open as gravel road this winter

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Ministry of Transportation District Manager for the Peace District Scott Maxwell says it will be left with a gravel surface for now.

"First thing next spring our contractor's going to get back in, so they were just delayed by this very snowy October that we had that was a little bit unexpected."

He explains that it makes more sense to wait until the spring, as the quality of paving goes down when it's done in below five degree weather. He also argues that the difference won't be very noticeable, when the road is covered with compact snow.

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Workers are going over the final details to ensure the road is safe for travel, and it's expected it will be open to traffic no later than Monday. Paving the road will be a priority once the roads warm up again in the spring.

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