Local motorists beware, the fun is just beginning.
Erie Blacktop has started the resurfacing of U.S. 250 within the city limits.
Josh Snyder, public works director, outlined what residents can expect for the next two months.
Milling and grinding and paving some of the worst sections will take place on U.S. 250 from the north to south city limits for the entire month of June.
During the second, third and fourth weeks of July, crews will apply the top course of pavement from the south to north city limits.
Also, in the third and fourth weeks of July, crews will continue milling and grinding the rest of the pavement.
In the fourth and fifth weeks of July, surface course paving on the remainder of the road will take place.
Manholes and valves will be adjusted in the first and second weeks of August, while final striping will occur the third and fourth weeks of August.
Traffic has already been backed up around town this week due to the work.
"Locals are smart and know their way around," Snyder said. "Cline Street is a good parallel to Milan Avenue and Plank Road is an option, but that doesn't help the trucks, necessarily."
Snyder encourages residents to follow construction updates on Facebook.
"Obviously, this is a paving project and is subject to change depending on the weather," he said.
Snyder said he likes the method and approach Erie Blacktop is using on the project.
"They are really addressing the worst areas," he said. "There are parts of Benedict Avenue that are really bad. Benedict Avenue is going to take a long time, but when it is finished, it is going to be beautiful."
Snyder said Benedict Avenue residents know the situation.
"The residents understand the need for new pavement," he said. "Anyone who drives on Benedict two to four times a day really knows the severity of it. The residents know how bad it is."
The road requires full-depth repairs.
Erie Blacktop is also doing the Benedict-Elm intersection widening project.
"Paving crews will initially skip that intersection," Snyder said.
Once the intersection is complete, crews will install a base pavement. When paving crews make their pass to finish U.S. 250, they will add the top-course to that intersection.
"Erie Blacktop is making it so their schedules mesh," Snyder said.