With work hoped to be done by the end of July, the repaving project will include portions of downtown Canton’s East Main and North streets from where the road splits into Highway 20 to just before the historic white marble courthouse.
City Engineer Joby West said Thursday he expects the construction to be done by the end of July.
“I really don’t like to give (an exact) completion date. There are too many things that can hinder it — weather, materials availability,” he said.
The city engineer said he doesn’t anticipate any real problems with traffic.
“We don’t expect any full road closures or detours at this time,” he said. “It is understood that it’s a high traffic area. Efforts will be made to ensure that detours and lane closures will be kept to a minimum.”
West said exactly when the work will start is up to the contractor, Allied Paving, which has been told by the city it can begin. The company has been given 90 days to finish the paving.
The project, which also includes restriping, storm drain work and manhole leveling, is being funded under the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant program.
The state granted Canton $187,000 for the undertaking, which the city must match with at least 30 percent. Canton chipped in about $51,000, West said.
The well-traveled stretch of road, just over a mile long, runs from the beginning of East Main Street, past Dr. John T. Pettit Street and the county elections office, where it splits to become the two main, one-way roads through downtown, North Street and East Main Street.
In the core of downtown, work will only be done on the North Street side after the road splits, West said.
Construction is also underway on Marietta Road with a streetscape project and near City Hall with the Main Street Pedestrian Connector Project. Both undertakings have resulted in detours and traffic delays for downtown.
But interim City Manager Glen Cummins, who is also a councilman, said he doesn’t see any big issues coming with the new project on East Main Street.
“I don’t anticipate any problems,” he said. “There might be slight delays.”
And Cummins was clear drivers aren’t being asked to avoid downtown during the construction.
“We want everybody to come,” he said with a laugh.