The Sprague Avenue reconstruction project is set to begin a new phase Thursday. Crews will begin work on the eastbound lanes from Evergreen Road to just east of Adams Road. Traffic will continue to be limited to one lane in each direction with a center turn lane. There will be access to businesses, which remain open.
The eastbound lanes were scheduled to be done last but are being done now to deal with a natural gas line that was discovered only inches under the asphalt in some places. Gas lines are usually buried about three feet down so the gas line will have to be moved.
This phase is expected to be complete in mid-August and the entire project is planned to be complete by the end of August. If there is a rule in construction, though, it is to expect delays.