UPDATE, 12:15 p.m.: The Plaza be paved! (And empty!)

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UPDATE, 9:22 a.m.: In somewhat related news, Arcata’s Villa Way is also closed for repaving. Pave on, A-town. 

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City of Arcata press release:

Beginning at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 2, City contractor VSS International will completely close the Arcata Plaza and the streets surrounding the Plaza to apply asphalt to the roadways. The streets are expected to be reopened to traffic by 2 p.m. This schedule is at the mercy of the weather and rain could delay the road work to a later date.

During construction, there will be no parking in the construction zones. The asphalt slurry requires three to four hours after application to dry. Before the material sets, it can stain vehicles and footwear so both drivers and pedestrians are asked to follow all detour signs and instructions posted at the work site.

Some lane closures and no parking will occur during the week prior and after the asphalt application to allow for preparation and roadway and parking striping.

This microsurfacing project is part of Arcata’s overall Pavement Management Program and is made possible in part by the voters’ approval of Measure G which generates funds through a ¾ cent sales tax in the City of Arcata.

The resurfacing work will extend the life of the roadway, provide a smooth driving surface and visually enhance road appearance.

Everyone’s cooperation is greatly appreciated while we make improvements to your valuable street infrastructure.

For additional information, please contact the Arcata Public Works Department at (707) 822-5957. A tentative construction schedule is available on Arcata’s website: www.cityofarcata.org under “Construction Projects.”