A repaving project along one of Cumming’s most well-traveled retail corridors is on hold.
Work along a stretch of Market Place Boulevard between Buford Dam Road and Hwy. 20 was supposed to be finished Saturday, but instead hasn’t even begun.
Cumming Administrator Gerald Blackburn said Friday that contractor C.W. Matthews “had shared with us that they were going to show up and they haven’t showed up.”
“They did not give us a time whenever they called and said they would not be there,” Blackburn said.
The project was supposed to begin Nov. 15, but was delayed by rain until Thursday.
Or at least that was the plan until crews didn’t show up.
While it would likely take just three days to repave the two-thirds of a mile of road, Christmas — or more specifically, Christmas shopping — is fast approaching.
Even if the contractor was to start Monday, Blackburn said he’s not sure it would be the best idea given the heavy traffic expected over Thanksgiving weekend.
Market Place also serves as the route for the city’s annual Christmas Parade, which this year falls on Dec. 4.
“That’s the reason we were pushing for the earlier time, was to stay away from any conflict with the merchants in the area,” Blackburn said.
“We can say no and we will do that if it’s a strong enough conflict with the merchants.”
City officials had previously said they wanted the project done before Thanksgiving. If not, it may have to wait until spring, when temperatures warm.
The state Department of Transportation is paying for about half of the project’s estimated $300,000 cost.
Whenever it starts, the repaving will shut down lanes along the corridor, though the plan is for at least one lane to be open in each direction.