Crews will lay down the first layer of asphalt Friday on West Avenue from Sixth to Eighth streets as the first phase of road and drainage improvements along the South Beach street nears completion.
The construction-weary neighborhood has endured more than a year of roadwork in and around the area. The southern stretch of West Avenue has been raised and anti-flooding pumps have been installed to remove storm water from the street, particularly during king tides. Similar work has been done on West Avenue between Lincoln Road and 17th Street and adjacent side streets.
Friday’s work will last all day. Workers will begin around 8 a.m. Once the asphalt is down, the striping will continue into the early evening. During the paving, trucks rolling in front of driveways may temporarily block access to buildings. Flaggers will direct traffic.
The first phase of the project, which began last year and followed the reconstruction of Alton Road, is almost done. A final layer of asphalt is expected to be placed by October.
“We’re estimating about a month and a half for overall completion,” said Heather Leslie, project spokeswoman.
The contract for the second phase is still out to bid and will include the remaining piece of West Avenue between Eighth Street and Lincoln Road. The work is divided into two projects that bidders will compete for individually.
This portion of the work will include facilities for bicyclists.
“There are bike lanes along West Avenue in this contract and the preference is that they be protected bike lanes,” said City Engineer Bruce Mowry, adding that lanes will be painted green.