Reconstruction work on George Washington Way in Richland is nearing the end of the road.
A&B Asphalt of Benton City has spent all summer working around thousands of daily commuters and other drivers to get the $1.25 million reconstruction job completed.
The worst is over, says Pete Rogalsky, the city's director of public works. He said he's pleased the project that has been disruptive to businesses for nearly a mile has stayed on schedule.
New concrete stamped sidewalks and curbs will be poured next week on the west side of the road, Rogalsky said, and a new asphalt surface will be laid down across all five lanes by mid-September.
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The new pavement will go down at night and will require the entire road to be closed, Rogalsky said.
The closure, tentatively set for 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on a Monday and Tuesday night, Sept. 10-11. The road will be closed to all traffic from Jadwin Avenue to Williams Boulevard during the night when traffic is minimal.
"We are right on schedule, dialed in and on time," Rogalsky said.
The project, which began in June and was expected to take 31/2 months, involved a complete rebuilding of intersections at Lee and Swift boulevards and a reconstruction of about seven-tenths of a mile of the city's busiest thoroughfare.
Rogalsky said the project pavement will have new stripes before the end of September, and new trees will be planted in the fall when temperatures are cooler.
In addition to rebuilding the road and intersections, the project included making improvements along George Washington Way, such as new curbs, gutters, handicapped accesses and sidewalks.
Some existing locust trees also are being replaced with more appropriately sized trees.
Rogalsky said tearing up the road also provided a chance to lay some new fiber optics cable.