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Crews will return for next phase of work on Siskiyou Boulevard

ASHLAND ' After a Fourth of July hiatus, city crews returned this week to the task of transforming Siskiyou Boulevard.

We're saw cutting (existing sections of the road) today, and excavation should start tomorrow from Walker Avenue to Mountain Avenue, said Karl Johnson, assistant engineer for Ashland's public works department.

Much of the road work was stopped for about six weeks leading up to July 4 due to a long stretch of wet weather late in the spring and delays in equipment delivery.

Drivers should brace for lane restrictions similar to those earlier in the year. One southbound lane of Siskiyou Boulevard will be closed from Beach Street through Walker Avenue, and off-and-on from Gresham Street to Beach Street.

The northbound lanes will be open for the most part, with only intermittent closures. But drivers are not likely to see conditions as snarled as they were earlier in the project.

— Probably the worst is passed, Johnson said.

Johnson predicted long-overdue traffic signals would arrive in August. The delivery delay has held up some aspects of boulevard work for nearly two months.

City-hired contractor LTM Inc. has been working around the missing signal poles where possible.

Intersections at Beach Street, Third and Gresham streets, East Main Street at Lithia Way and Sherman Street are set to be rebuilt with the new traffic signals and traffic flow designs.

While some work was stopped, other work continued, such as landscaping.

The entire &

36;3.7-million project is set to be complete by mid-November, and LTM has a final construction deadline of Dec. 15.