Borough officials are targeting Monday, May 8 as the completion date for the Fair Lawn Avenue paving project, a county-run initiative.
As of May 3, Sergeant Brian Metzler, community policing supervisor, said the milling and paving project, which is proceeding along Fair Lawn Avenue from the Passaic River and continuing the entire length of Fair Lawn Avenue to the Paramus border, will be complete on Monday, with weather cooperation.
Work hours are between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., which creates congestion for motorists along the length of Fair Lawn Avenue.
"When the weather is wet, they cannot lay asphalt," Metzler said, referring to wet weather projected for Friday, May 5.
"We're preaching patience," he said. "If people drive on it after it looks paved and seems to be dry, it creates ruts. We're asking people to abide by the re-routing."
Metzler said to seek an officer who will direct motorists around the paving action.
Along with weather, delays occur as part of an effort to keep local business access. Instead of shutting down completely, partial road closures cause the project to take longer.
Mayor John Cosgrove said, "We're happy the project is finally getting done."
"When it's done, it's going to be a huge improvement," he said on May 3. "This is a county project and we're hoping they will do everything they can to finish as soon as possible to alleviate the congestion."
"It's going to be well-worth it when it's done," he said.