It was a construction repair that was expected to continue until Friday night but thanks to some decent weather and long days, the work is done. The work had been causing some major delays for people travelling between Portage la Prairie and Winnipeg.

Traffic is once again flowing through Headingley on Highway 1 (Trans-Canada Highway) meaning detours that were causing traffic snarls in Oakville, Elm Creek, Elie and Oak Bluff are over. The barricades at the railroad tracks in Headingley came down at 9 p.m. on Wednesday and vehicles are now moving in both directions.

The thousands of vehicles that use Highway 1 daily between Portage and Winnipeg had been diverted to Highway 2 since Monday, using roads and intersections that were not intended for that amount of traffic. Waits of up to 45 minutes were being reported at the stop sign on Highway 13 at Elm Creek as drivers waited to turn east onto Highway 2. The roundabout where Highways 2 and 3 meet at Oak Bluff was seeing similar issues.

With so many people from the area going to Winnipeg on a regular basis for things like work, appointments, air travel, sports and more, social media pages devoted to the highways have been busy all week with people giving updates on alternate routes, wait times and more. While other construction projects continue on the 75 kilometer stretch of highway, none require a detour and single lane traffic in some spots is the only result.