The Metro Department of Public Works’ “paving season” begins this week as crews are expected to start paving Thursday in the downtown area as well as around the Music City Center.
According to department officials, roads to be paved in the downtown area include Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Lea avenues as well as Peabody, McGavock and Demonbreun streets. Many roads from Lafayette Street to Broadway will also receive a fresh coat of asphalt. Plans for improvements to Arcade Alley and Bankers Alley are also underway.
Paving, pavement repair and pavement preservation methods include fog-seal, infrared repair, and crack sealing. Paving season coincides with the opening of asphalt plants, which typically occurs between March 15 and April 1 in the Middle Tennessee region.
This year’s capital budget included $20 million dollars for paving with an additional $5 million in mid-year capital dollars expected in May.
Public Works employees are still repairing streets that were weakened by the May 2010 flood.