Summer road projects start in Centerville

The east side of Wilmington Pike will be down to one lane during some of the work.

Motorists traveling through Centerville are bracing for delays as the city’s summer resurfacing and other road projects get underway.

The biggest project involves improvements to Wilmington Pike. This is part of a $2.5 million project to widen the east side of Wilmington Pike from Dille Drive to Brown Road. Northbound traffic will be down to one lane for roughly one month while the work is being done.

Drivers are looking forward to the improvements, but not the expected delays.

“The road really needs it so they have to do it,” said Ryan Duncan, who travels through Wilmington Pike often. “It is just going to be frustrating to have lanes closed.”

Crews will also install new traffic signals and repave curbs and sidewalks over the next few months, according to a news release from the city. The project is being funded through tax increment financing generated from the Cornerstone of Centerville and other nearby development.

Karl Anderson, who also travels through Wilmington Pike often, said he hopes the combination of warm weather and traffic delays do not cause drivers to attempt to rush through construction zones.

“It gets pretty hot in that car when you’re sitting there and you have all of those orange barrels out there,” he said. “People just need to be patient and it will pass.”

The road work is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

Crews are also resurfacing some residential streets. These streets include Claridge Lane, Ridge Place, Spring Valley Road, and Waterford Drive, according to the news release.

Work on these streets is expected to be completed by July 31.