Delayed several months, a much-anticipated Cumming road project began Wednesday night.
Jimmy Vaughan of engineering firm Moreland Altobelli told city leaders during a meeting Tuesday that repaving a stretch of Market Place Boulevard would occur between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Wednesday through Friday.
"We felt working at night would have a lot less impact on all the shopping and traffic through there," Vaughan said.
The project, which is being handled by C.W. Matthews, involves about two-thirds of a mile, from Buford Dam Road to Hwy. 20.
It's projected to cost more than $300,000, with the state Department of Transportation paying for about half of that.
The project along the retail corridor has been held up since November, when it was first scheduled for completion prior to the Thanksgiving shopping season.
Rain, however, put a damper on those plans. The effort was further delayed in late November when work crews failed to show up as scheduled, despite better conditions.
Since then, weather has continued to be the culprit. Crews required at least three days of no rain and temperatures above 55 degrees.
Near spring-like conditions this week have finally allowed the project to start.
"Everything's in place, the DOT's already out there," Vaughan said. "Hopefully, we'll be able to finish this by 5 a.m. Saturday."