This week Blalock and Sons continued placement of rip rap on the slope above the retaining wall. (The Herald/Submitted Photo)

With two separate phases of the Improving Hwy. 66 project well underway, some minor traffic shifts have been made.

Blalock and Sons are currently working on Phase II of the project, which stretches from Douglas Dam Road (SR-139) to south of the I-40 Interchange.

Last week in Phase II Blalock crews continued placement of rip rap on the slope above the retaining wall.

They also continued work on storm drain installation; utility relocation; and concrete curb, gutter, and sidewalk construction.

Short duration traffic stops should be expected daily throughout the project as crews move equipment and materials in and out of the work zone.

Phase III of the project, which was awarded to Simpson Construction, is also well underway. This phase stretches from Boyds Creek Hwy. (SR-338) to Douglas Dam Road (SR-139).

Last week on Phase III Simpson and their subcontractors continued the construction of the access roads at the bridge, grading operations, storm drain installation, and slope stabilization.  They also commenced worked on the first bridge foundation.  This week they will continue work under the bridge and grading operations throughout the project.

Short duration traffic stops should be expected daily throughout the project as crews move equipment and materials in and out of the work zone.

Due to the reduced lane widths on the bridge and active operations throughout the project, the speed limit through the project was reduced last week to 35-mph and will remain as such for the duration of the project.  Speed is monitored throughout the corridor.

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