Patching work that began last week along Merritt Boulevard will continue for the next two weeks, according to State Highway Administration officials.
The work is being done ahead of crews scheduled to resurface the roadway between Peninsula Expressway and Wise Avenue, according to highways spokesman Charlie Gischlar.
Crews will work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays to complete the patching, which also involves repairing infrastructure beneath the road's surface, according to Gischlar.
Lane closures will occur while the work is taking place, but the road will remain open.
The spokesman said that particular stretch of Merritt Boulevard, of which the state is responsible for maintaining, takes a "particular beating" because of heavy traffic and a lot of truck traffic, according to the spokesman.
"That section needs repaving and we're just bringing it up to state standards," Gischlar said in a phone interview. "Weather is a real important factor here and we're up against the clock."
The project contractor hopes to begin the resurfacing job in November, weather permitting. The base course of asphalt can't be put down when the temperature is 40 degrees or colder, according to Gischlar, and the top layer can't be applied when the temperature is below 50 degrees.
The contractor hopes to get the base course done in November and the project should be completed next spring, Gischlar said.