Best advice for driving at the extreme north end of downtown tonight: Stay away.
Repaving crews are scheduled to put down 1,200 tons of new asphalt atop sections of New Hampshire and Sixth streets.
The plan is to start shortly after 6 p.m., at the intersection of Seventh and New Hampshire streets. From there, crews will work north and west until the entire project -- to the railroad tracks between Vermont and Kentucky streets -- is complete.
And that means delayed and rerouted traffic overnight tonight and possibly into Monday morning's rush hour, said Steve Glass, president of LRM Industries Inc.
He hopes commuters either will find alternate routes or be patient with his crews.
"Leave early and be prepared for delays," Glass said. "If we're out of they're way, they will be pleasantly surprised."
The work is part of the city's annual overlay program, which resurfaces damaged and stressed pavement on roads across town.
Elsewhere in town, overlay projects are scheduled to continue in the following areas:
- Intersection of 23rd Street and Naismith Drive, south leg.
- Missouri Street, from 27th to 29th streets.
- Alabama Street, from 27th Terrace to 29th Street.
- Utah Court, west of Louisiana Street.
- New Hampshire Street, from 20th to 21st streets, and from 17th Terrace to 19th Street.
Plans to repave several downtown alleys also remain on the books, thanks to recent rains, said Vicki Cummiskey, the city's communications coordinator. They are located generally between Massachusetts and New Hampshire streets, from Seventh to 10th streets; and between Massachusetts and Vermont streets, from Seventh to Ninth streets.
Watch for curb replacements along Ohio Street, from 10th to 11th streets; and Vermont Street, from 21st to 22nd streets, Cummiskey said.