Construction has started at the site of the new hospital on the island's west coast.

Work on the long-delayed project in Corner Brook got underway this week.

The province awarded $17 million-worth of contracts on July 10 to get the construction of the hospital back on track.

Crews are excavating and grading the site, in preparation of where the five-structure health centre will be built.

Another company is installing an underground concrete reservoir.

The hospital is expected to be completed by 2019.