Drivers are urged to take alternate routes during a planned five-month improvement project on North McLane Road between West Forest Drive and Airport Road in Payson.
"The gas company is out there right now finishing up their work," said Payson Public Works Engineer LaRon Garrett. "They're installing a new gas line before the road goes in so they won't have to cut the new road later."
The town's contractor, Intermountain West, will start extensive work on Wednesday to widen and totally reconstruct the well-traveled road, which is a popular local alternative to the busy Beeline Highway.
"It will be a much nicer, wider road with a turn lane and bike lanes on each side, as well as a new sidewalk on the west side," Garrett said. "The contractor actually has five months to complete the work.
"Assuming we get some rain this summer, it will be done by October. If it's dry, it could be done around August."
This section of McLane Road was scheduled to be repaired and improved as part of the town's Street Capital Improvement program and will cost a little over $1.1 million.
Of the total costs, $500,000 will be paid with money from the state highway fund. The remaining balance will come from the town's general fund.