A caravan of heavy machinery worked its way down Lower Thames Street early Tuesday morning as crews got to work on long awaited improvements to the downtown corridor.
The project, which calls for grinding down the existing pavement and laying down a new layer of asphalt, is being called temporary, and should not be confused with a separate pilot streetscape improvement project being planned for the area.
By 9:45 a.m., one third of the street had already been grinded down all the way from Memorial Boulevard to Wellington Avenue.
The $275,000 project, which is being funded through the state Department of Transportation, is expected to take approximately 3-4 weeks to complete.
It was fast-tracked earlier this year in preparation of the America's Cup World Series Regatta in June.
No detours are planned, as the street will remain open to vehicular traffic throughout the project. However, daytime parking will be restricted during work hours.