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Pace Street construction
to start Monday

COVINGTON - The City of Covington Transportation Department is asking motorists to find another route to and from downtown while resurfacing and reconstruction of Pace Street takes place this week.

Work will begin on the corridor running from U.S. Highway 278 to Usher Street on Monday.

Pace Street will be open for local traffic and business trade but will be reduced from four to two lanes during construction.

"The main thing we'd like to urge is that (motorists) use alternates if they're just passing through," said Transportation Project Manager Bill Skinner.

The City of Covington Transportation Department asks that motorists detour on Elm or Emory streets while the work is underway.

Parking will not be allowed on Pace Street, including around the Newton County Administration Building, Skinner said.

In addition to resurfacing, crews will stabilize the road's subgrade base, which Skinner said is cracking due to wear and tear, and do curb and gutter work.

The project is expected to be completed Oct. 6.

The city will pay $213,000, with additional expenses to be funded by the Georgia Department of Transportation through its Local Assistance Road Program.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.