BARSTOW — Cold temperatures may prevent paving on East Main Street until March, according to Consulting City Engineer Brad Merrill.

Merrill delivered a status report on the Wal-Mart construction project to the City Council last Monday.

"Work is currently being done on the sewer line connection on Montara Road in front of the AMPM market," Merrell said. "This work will take another one to two weeks. Work will resume on East Main as soon as the sewer work is complete and weather permitting.

"We require 45 degrees and rising for pavement operations. It might be March before we can get this paved. We are going to try to squeeze it in. Hopefully the weather will warm up."

During the paving, Merrill said traffic will be flagged one direction for two weeks, followed by a daytime shutdown lasting five or six weeks for road grading and paving. Detours will be marked and roads will be open at nights and on weekends.

"Traffic will be driving on dirt at times with maximum speeds at 15 mph. We ask you slow down and be safe," Merrill said.

As the paving project ends, Merrill said pavement filling will commence on Montara Road. And he said Shames Construction is currently finishing electrical service near the westbound off-ramp at Interstate 40 and East Main Street for traffic signal installation.

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