The well-traveled portion of Beards Hill Road that links Route 22 from the Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union and McDonald's with the major shopping area around the curve to 84 Lumber in Aberdeen was scheduled to be repaved by the end of today (Friday).
Matt Lapinsky, the city's public works director, said Wednesday the city was doing patching that day.
"If all goes well, we will start paving tomorrow [Thursday]," he said. "If the weather stays like it is, they will finish patching today [Wednesday]."
Lapinsky said workers were scheduled to pave Beards Hill from Route 22 to the site of 84 Lumber, by Barnett Lane, on Thursday.
On Friday, they are set to pave from 84 Lumber to the city's pumping station, he said.
He did not expect the work to cause serious traffic problems.
"They were just going back and forth, single lanes," he said. "People were very reasonable and cooperative."
At one point, however, shoppers were not being allowed into Beards Hill Plaza, home to Klein's, Wendy's and Dunkin' Donuts. Later in the day, the entrances/exits were open, but getting in and out took some time.
Traffic was problematic in the shopping center area Wednesday morning, but seemed to get better by the afternoon, James Lanham, manager of ShopRite, said.
"This morning, it was pretty rough getting in and out of here," Lanham said.
The work is being done by Frank J. Goettner Construction, at a cost of about $250,000, Lapinsky said.
It was paid for by a partial reinstatement of state highway user funds and allocation from the city's general fund, he said.
More paving is planned, but its exact location hasn't been finalized.
Possibilities include the areas of Mount Royal Avenue, Hillman Court or Hillcrest Drive, he said.
"We are not exactly sure where we are headed next," Lapinsky said.