The Ministry of Transportation and Highways wants to repave Highway 16 on the islands, but the project doesn't have a green light yet, says new area manager Stephanie Gillis.
"We're wholeheartedly pursuing funding for this, it needs it," she said. However, nothing is definite until funding is allocated, and she won't know if the money has been set aside until April.
Earlier this month the Observer reported that Port Clements mayor Dale Lore had spoken to Highways Minister Kevin Richter, and said the government plans to repave Highway 16 in three phases over the next three years.
Ms Gillis said the key word here is "plans".
"It's not for sure," she said. "It's a matter of timing and funding."
Ms Gillis, who replaces former area manager Al McKean, started working in the Masset office two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, the ministry is now advertising a contract to pave a portion of Tow Hill Road. The job will pave 2.3 kilometres past where the paved road now ends, and should be done by March, Ms Gillis said.