HAYWARD -- Work started this week to get the final stretches of the Route 238 Corridor Improvement road project ready to be paved.

The work is focused on downtown and Mission Boulevard just south of its intersection with Foothill Boulevard and Jackson Street.

The $101 million project, designed to ease traffic congestion, stretches from Mission at Industrial Parkway north to Foothill to the onramp to Interstate 580 at the northern end of town. Through downtown, the project includes a one-way traffic loop.

Crews are grinding down asphalt on stretches of Jackson, Mission, Foothill, B Street and E Street. After that is finished, any needed repairs will be made before a thin layer of asphalt is applied to smooth out the roads, said Kevin Briggs, project manager for the city.

If all goes well, final paving will take place at night starting after Memorial Day and finishing up by June 4. Workers will stripe the lanes about a week later.

"We should be substantially complete with the project by the end of spring," Briggs said.



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