The Lebanon city mayor is asking motorists to be cautious during the summer’s ongoing Walnut Street construction project.

Milling and repaving work was scheduled to begin Monday morning, and Mayor Sherry Capello asked that people driving through the city “do not attempt to bypass work crews by taking a shortcut to another part of the work zone.” Motorists should follow the directions of flaggers and signs, she added in a statement on Friday.

The Walnut Street repaving project runs from 12th Street to 5th Avenue and will be active “from midnight to midnight for the duration of the project,” she said.

Parking on the busy thoroughfare is prohibited until the work is complete, Capello noted, and violators may be ticketed and/or towed.

Work on Walnut Street, aka Route 422, ran from spring to winter in 2019, with the roadway often reduced to one lane. Capello in 2020 said the Walnut Street project is the first part of a four-phase project that also includes 9th, 10th and Cumberland streets.

The work is taking so long, according to a previous report, because the project also included the repair or replacement of underground utility lines.

Enforcement of street sweeping routes will be suspended for the coming week in the immediate vicinity of the work zone. For more information on the routes affected, check the mayor’s statement online.

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