A part of County Hwy. M will be closed to eastbound traffic this week for millwork and paving near the new stoplight that’s being installed at Liberty Drive and Thousand Oaks Trail.

Public works director Theran Jacobson announced the last-minute closure Tuesday afternoon, explaining the closure was necessary to ensure public and worker safety so the work can be done quickly.

The eastbound lane will be closed from County Hwy. PB to Shady Bend Road from 9 a.m. to about 4 or 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, and Thursday, June 20. The westbound lane will remain open.

Asphaltic milling will occur Wednesday and surface paving will be Thursday.

Jacobson told the Press the cross street, Thousand Oaks Trail, to the south and Liberty Drive to the north, will remain open. A detour to access businesses there, including Sugar River Pizza, Fisher King Winery and the Hyatt Place hotel, is taking PB further south to American Way and turning onto Thousand Oaks Trail.

Highway alternate routes include using U.S. 18-151 to County Hwy. PD and heading south on Fish Hatchery Road.

Email Verona Press editor Jim Ferolie at veronapress@wcinet.com.​