Expect delays from paving project on Hwy 101 through August 1

FLORENCE, Ore. - A paving project will restrict US 101 to a single lane in the Florence and Dunes City areas from now through August 1, 2013, the Oregon Department of Transportation said.

From approximately 6 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, flaggers will control traffic in the construction zone. Motorists should anticipate congestion and 5 to 20 minute delays.

The project is placing new pavement in the wheel ruts that have formed on the highway and repairing potholes and other asphalt damage.

When complete, it will result in a smoother ride for residents, tourists and truckers.

The work is scheduled for daytime hours due to the fog that often forms at night on the Oregon Coast. The wet conditions associated with the fog compromise the ability of the asphalt to cure properly, which can shorten the useful life of the new pavement.

Motorists are encouraged to plan for delays during daytime travel, be patient, reduce speed near the construction areas, and monitor for the latest road conditions.