The state Department of Transportation reported road crews will repair and repave more than a mile of state Route 516 in Covington beginning Monday, June 21.
The repaving work will occur from 160th Southeast to the Covington city limits and is expected to be complete by mid-September.
This $2.5 million project will extend the life of the pavement and provide a smoother ride for the nearly 37,000 drivers who use this stretch of road daily. The current asphalt lanes are rutted and cracked because of heavy traffic along SR 51
The first step for crews will be to upgrade sidewalks and ramps to meet Americans with Disability Act standards. Then crews will grind down the surface of the existing lanes, install traffic signal detection loops and repave the road with smooth new asphalt. Lane closures are expected to begin the week of June 28.
The grinding and repaving work will take place at night, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., to minimize the effect on traffic. Drivers can expect nighttime single-lane closures and minor delays during the grinding and repaving work. The on and off ramps to state Route 18 will also close for up to two nights as crews work near the ends of the ramps. Detours will be provided.