According to Merrill Public Works Director Rod Akey, the Center Avenue paving project is scheduled to be completed by Friday, June 9.
Milling of the existing asphalt was scheduled to wrap up this week. The first layer of new asphalt is scheduled to be completed June 5, and the surface layer of asphalt will be completed by June 9, pending weather conditions. Pavement marking will be completed the week of June 12.
According to Akey, the current detour routes will close and normal traffic will resume this evening, but will be put back into place Monday when work resumes. The detours will remain in place during the day on Monday, and will close in the evening. Detours will be permanently removed upon the application of the surface layer of pavement either Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on the weather. The detour routes will remain the same with lane restrictions and flaggers.
The Center Avenue overpass will not be affected and will remain open.
Akey thanks the community for their cooperation with this project.