Five Points road work nearing an end

Posted September 18, 2010 12:11 p.m. EDT
Updated September 20, 2010 5:17 p.m. EDT

— A nine-month-long resurfacing project on Glenwood Avenue that met with many unexpected delays is drawing close to an end.

Crews placed the final layer of asphalt on eastbound lanes near the Five Points intersection Friday and laid the final layer of asphalt on westbound lanes Saturday.

"We are excited to be coming to the end of major work on this very challenging project," state Department of Transportation resident engineer Jeff Allen said in a statement Friday.

All lanes of Glenwood Avenue and side streets in the Five Points area have been reopened to traffic

With the paving now finished, crews will paint stripes and other marks on the roads. That work could take up to two weeks and could result in some temporary lane closures.

The project to resurface Glenwood, between Wade Avenue and the Beltline, was lengthened the unexpected discovery of a 70-year-old crumbling asphalt base last winter. This summer, crews dealt with rain that washed away exposed soil and heat that created bumps in the sealant.

Cost overruns have pushed the price tag of the project up to an estimated $2.7 million.