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Crews ripping into Grant Road repaving

The resufacing of the Midtown stretch of Grant Road is continuing, with crews set to put down new asphalt between Santa Rita and Campbell this week, with night-time intersection work next week.

Workers will mill the old asphalt between North Santa Rita (just east of North Park Avenue) and North Campbell avenues Thursday and Friday, with one lane of travel in both directions remaining open during the work. Crews will repave the roadway between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m., a city spokesman said.

Next Tuesday and Wednesday, April 28-29, crews with Granite Construction Co. will mill and repave the intersections of Grant and North Dodge Boulevard, North Alvernon Way and North Columbus Boulevard, working 7 p.m.-5 a.m. over two nights to minimize traffic disruptions, Mike Graham said in a news release Monday afternoon.

"The exact start date of the milling and repaving work on Grant Road from Campbell Avenue to Country Club Road has not yet been determined, but the work should begin in mid-May," Graham said.

The three-mile stretch of Grant between Santa Rita and Columbus had been scheduled to be completed by May 15 when the project was announced last month.

The composition of the existing roadway, which includes a felt-like mat, forced a change of plans away form using a 150-foot-long "hot-in-place recycling train" to mill the roadway, recycle a portion of the existing asphalt, and top the road with new asphalt.

The hot-in-place process is still being used east of County Club, where petro mat is not interfering with the recycling of existing asphalt.

The repaving will cost about $1.7 million, funded by HURF monies (gas taxes and vehicle registration fees), Graham said last month, and will hold up for the eight years it will take for the Grant Road widening project to go through Midtown.

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