Morgan Citys roadway reconstruction and minor widening project is progressing along 700 East (Old Highway Road) between 300 North (I-84 freeway exit) and Mahogany Ridge Road. Project completion is expected by mid-July. The following are planned activities for the coming week. Please note that due to weather conditions, emergency situations or equipment/supply issues, schedules are subject to change. Pavement removal, excavation and road base placement continues this week between 300 North and 525 North. Crews expect to begin final roadway grading towards the end of the week into early next week, and then paving operations are expected to begin by the mid-part of next week. It is expected that residential driveway paving will be completed first and then the mainline. In observance of the Independence Day holiday weekend, work activities will be suspended July 3-5, and then paving is expected to resume again July 6-7. A chip seal surface will then be placed when the paving is complete. Drivers should continue to expect dirt/gravel driving surfaces, lane shifts, alternating one-way traffic directed by flaggers and travel delays in the work zone. All residents should expect temporary driveway closures while work is in front of their homes. The project is intended to improve the roadway surface, drainage, traffic flow and safety for drivers. Crews plan to work Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. ñ 10 p.m. However, weekend work is possible. During construction, traffic access will be maintained as much as possible. However, as the project progresses, motorists should expect intermittent lane closures and travel delays in the work zone and are advised to use alternate routes when possible. Drivers are advised to reduce speeds and use caution while traveling through the work zone. The contractor will provide advance notice and coordinate individually with residents who may be affected by temporary driveway closures to facilitate the work. Street-side parking is prohibited in closed areas. Sidewalk closures are also possible. Prearranged deliveries or other obligations can be arranged with at least 48-hour prior notification to the project team. Garbage pick-up and mail delivery will be maintained and coordinated by the contractor. Mailboxes in the work zone may be removed from the ground and placed temporarily in buckets for mail delivery during construction. Utility service interruptions are not planned, but due to the nature of roadway excavation, unplanned service interruptions are possible. The contractor will provide advance notice of any planned service interruptions. Every reasonable effort will be made to minimize construction dust, noise and vibration and to complete the project as quickly as possible. Residents and commuters are asked to be patient during construction. Road construction involves open trenches and heavy construction equipment. To maintain public safety in the work zone, residents are asked to avoid the work zone and take appropriate safety measures with children. Fines for traffic violations through construction zones are significant. Drivers are encouraged to follow all signs and flaggers through work zones to promote public safety.
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