The former Saskatchewan Hospital demolition process has now started.
The City of North Battleford announced roads are closed from Battleford Road to Hereford Street while the work is underway.
The work started Jan. 11 and is scheduled to continue to July 31.
Nancy Cherney, assistant deputy minister of the property management division within the Ministry of SaskBuilds and Procurement, said the province hopes the work will actually be completed even sooner than the projected date.
Silverado Demolition Operations Inc. of Saskatoon was contracted for the project, following a request for proposals.
“Our plan is to start with the smaller buildings and work our way up to finish with the main building being one of the last to be demolished,” Cherney said.
“What will be left on site once it is all done will be the historic stone chapel that was hand-build by the mason who was a resident in the Saskatchewan Hospital at one point, in time,”Cherneysaid. “The stone walls – little low-running walls that are throughout the property – those will also be retained.”
The province will continue to preserve and maintain the three cemeteries adjacent to the site which will be accessible for family members and the public.