Traffic was reduced to one lane Wednesday on South Sprigg Street between Highway 74 and Southern Expressway as the Cape Girardeau Public Works Department began the first stage of its 28-part 2009 asphalt overlay program.
City officials advise drivers to use alternate routes until the work of grinding up the pavement and overlaying it with asphalt has been finished. The expected completion date for that section of road is Friday.
The next stretch of road affected by the asphalt overlay program will be Sprigg Street between Highway 74 and William Street. Public works traffic operations manager Robert Kutak said construction on that section will begin Wednesday, weather permitting.
The $1,150,265 asphalt overlay program was contracted to ASA Asphalt Co. The project is funded by the third phase of the city Transportation Trust Fund, which is funded on a half-cent sales tax. Construction on all 28 sections of road must be complete within 105 working days, according to the contract, making Nov. 3 the end date.
Each year the public works department surveys one-third of city streets to determine which areas need maintenance. Information on the type of pavement and the conditions of surface cracks, potholes and gutters are entered into a database. If the database indicates that the pavement conditions do not meet city standards, the road is flagged for an asphalt overlay or for reconstruction.