As work continues on the Route 9 Traffic Calming and Pedestrian Safety road project in Hillsboro, a new traffic pattern will be implemented on Aug. 14.
Route 9 will be open to single-lane traffic through the work zone eastbound on weekdays and to westbound traffic on weekends.
The new pattern is set to begin at 2 p.m. Aug. 14, with the two new roundabouts on both ends of town functional, according to Hillsboro Mayor Roger Vance.
Beginning at 2 p.m. on Fridays, a single westbound travel lane will be open through 5 p.m. on Sundays. At 6 p.m., the one-lane eastbound will be reopened through Monday morning at 9:30 a.m.
The road will be open to eastbound traffic each weekday from 4 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. After 9:30 a.m., the work zone will be closed to through traffic until the following morning at 4 a.m.
Weekday westbound travelers will continue to use regional or local detours.
“This is one more way to help people get out to the businesses in this area on the weekend,” Vance said.
The website Rethink9.com has graphics providing detailed schedule information for road closures.
Route 9 has been closed since May 4 after Hillsboro town officials and contractor Archer Western closed the road in order to install the town’s new drinking water system and to continue construction of the new roundabouts.
Jeffrey Shanks, a senior inspector with Volkert Engineering, the project’s design and construction management firm, told the Times-Mirror he is pleased with the progress and that everything is going well thus far. He said the project has had a perfect safety record.
“We have been very blessed with no accidents, and everyone has been really attentive. We will open on time,” Shanks said.
Drivers will notice newly constructed stone walls through the town, as well as new granite curbing and gutters in place.
In July, the town lifted its 25-year boil water notice with the installation of a new water main.
Vance noted the two complete road closures originally scheduled for November and December of this year are no longer necessary, and he encouraged drivers to be cautious while driving through town, as the road is unpaved and there will be work equipment along the road.
Town officials say the project is one month ahead of schedule and is expected to be completed next April.