MOUNT VERNON — Motorists in the downtown area can expect delays and detours starting Monday.
At the mayor’s weekly press briefing, City Engineer Brian Ball said Ours Excavating will begin working on the Green Alley sewer project Monday morning on East High Street.
He expects the street to remain closed until Tuesday afternoon, at which time the contractor will reopen the street and the sewer project will continue north and south of High. Then the work will move to Spice Alley, where they will also do the High Street crossing first so the path will be clear for the paving of U.S. 36 through town by the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Then city crews will move down to Main Street, where they will begin working Tuesday in front of the Woodward Building. They will be disconnecting old, no longer used water lines entering the annex and the Woodward.
Both lanes will have to be closed due to the positioning of the backhoe to excavate the lines.
Work was expected to be completed Friday afternoon reprogramming traffic signals in the downtown area. Ball said the change is recommended in the newest downtown traffic study and should help traffic move more smoothly through the area. The biggest change is that the lights will have a 90-second cycle instead of 60 seconds.
Ball said they decided to go ahead and implement the traffic change, and the rest of the report is under study.