A gravel section of Martin Prairie Road in Pritchard will be paved before winter, the area's TNRD director has been promised.
But a spokesman with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said on Saturday that negotiations between the province and Pritchard landowner Lee Milne are still underway.
Jeff Knight said talks with Milne are going well and an update is expected by early September.
However, regional director Ken Gillis said Murray Tekano, the ministry's district manager for Okanagan Shuswap, told him that paving will continue.
"He (Tekano) said we will be paving this fall," said Gillis.
Tekano could not be reached for comment.
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District board of directors agreed at a meeting Thursday to send a letter to the province asking that the project be expedited.
Gillis said regional district staff didn't even have time to draft the letter. Tekano got in touch with him late Friday and said a deal was worked out with Milne.
"It (paving) will be completed before their paving plants close down this fall," he said Saturday.
Given the late hour that he was informed, Gillis said he believes ministry staff in Victoria had yet to be told about the deal.
Milne has not responded to repeated requests for an interview, but Pritchard residents said Martin Prairie crosses part of Milne's land and he would not let crews work on it until the road is made safer.
Residents say the only unsafe thing about the road is that it isn't paved.
Crews started working on Martin Prairie in late July and paved about 500 metres of the 2.5 kilometres slated for coverage before Milne intervened.
Gillis and others feared that, if the work didn't proceed soon, it could be years before the project was completed. He's glad this won't be the case.
Dieter Arndt is one of the first Pritchard residents who raised the alarm about the work stoppage. There are some 40 to 45 families that want the road paved, and the community is now buzzing with the good news, he said.
"It's wonderful. It's wonderful," he said. "I tell you this gravel road is pathetic."