Motorists traveling along Old Canton Road and Canton Mart Road should expect some delays in the coming days, as crews begin repaving the roadway.
Recently, contractors wrapped up the milling of the street, and were cleaning up debris to make ready for the repaving.
Engineering Manager Charles Williams hoped the overlay would begin on Thursday, May 21, but said work could be delayed, depending on the weather.
The seven-day forecast showed rain was a possibility for Thursday, and was expected Saturday through Wednesday next week, according to weather.com.
Streets must be dry for repaving to occur. Laying the payment in the rain could cause it to prematurely crack or form potholes.
While paving could be put on hold, contractors have made significant progress since starting the street last week.
“We ended up putting a new drainage system in place and pouring a new driveway for the fire station,” Williams said. “Also, we put in new truncated domes at the intersection of Old Canton Road and Canton Mart Road for ADA compliance.”
Truncated domes are raised bumps, which are used to notify the visually impaired when they’ve reached an intersection.
Work will stretch from the I-55 North frontage road to Ridgewood Road.
The project is being funded by the city’s one-percent infrastructure sales tax.
Old Canton/Canton Mart is one of several Northside streets included in a recent bid package that was opened earlier this year.
Other roadways included were Northside Drive, Pear Orchard Road, Lakeland Drive and Jefferson Street.
Dickerson and Bowen was awarded a contract earlier this year.
Crews recently finished repaving Pear Orchard Road and are also working on sidewalks on East Northside, Williams said.
“Most of the work on Pear Orchard is done. We had a gas leak that we didn’t know about and we will have to repair that spot,” he said. “We also still need to do the striping.”
Paving along Old Canton will be done under traffic, with one lane open in both directions.