Contractors hope to begin some paving preparation work along North Washington Avenue in Cookeville this week.
Jennifer Flynn is the community relations coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Transportation. She said additional milling and paving work could begin as early as Friday night.
“They have a few nights worth of placing the binder mix, which is what helps the pavement to adhere,” Flynn said. “That will take probably two or three nights. After that, they’ll be putting the signal loops in and placing the final pavement. That phase should begin in two to three weeks.”
Flynn said the work between Spring Street and 12th Street must be completed by November 30.
“The weather could be the biggest delay right now. That’s because night temperatures are cool and this asphalt is temperature sensitive,” Flynn said. “But they will be working at night, so motorist should use caution and be prepared for slowed-traffic..”
The current work is part of a $2.2 million project to resurface North Washington all the way to Whiteaker Springs Road. Flynn said the second phase of the project has a completion date scheduled for June 30.