The city of Milford's contractor, Diamond Materials of Newport, will begin construction work on Airport Road on July 17.

The project will include pavement base repair, drainage improvements and pavement overlay of approximately 1.4 miles of Airport Road between DuPont Boulevard and Canterbury Road. Work on the projected $2.4 million-dollar project is expected to be completed by Dec. 17, which is 30 days less than originally anticipated.

The pavement base repair and drainage improvements will necessitate a full closure of the roadway during construction. Through the cooperative efforts of the contractor, the city and the consulting engineer, the sequencing of the road closure has been altered to reduce the overall contract time by 30 days.

The sectional closures will be as follows:

— Phase five, between Roosa Road and Route 113: During this phase, traffic will be directed onto Roosa Road, Bowman Road and Canterbury Road. Projected time frame is July 17 to Aug. 5.

— Phase four between Cascades Lane and Roosa Road: This phase will be done in three separate sections to allow access to businesses and residents along the roadway. Traffic during this phase will be directed to Bowman Road and to U.S. 113 beginning Aug. 3 through Sept. 22.

— Phase three, between Bowman Road and Cascades Lane: This phase will be done in two sections to provide access to businesses and will divert traffic using Canterbury Road, Bowman Road and U.S. 113. Projected time frame is Sept. 20 through Oct. 26.

— Phase one, between Delaware Veterans Boulevard and Bowman Road: During this phase, the detour will be through the Milford Industrial Park using Mullet Run and Brent Jordan Way, and will be done in two separate phases to allow access to the Jehovah Witness Church beginning Oct. 24 through Dec. 3.

— Phase two, between Delaware Veterans Boulevard and Canterbury Road: Traffic during this phase will be directed to Bowman Road and to U.S. 113 beginning Dec. 3-17.

Construction at intersections is expected to be completed during nighttime hours with only partial closures of the intersection. Upon completion of all roadway subbase repair and drainage work, final top coat of asphalt will be laid over the entire roadway.

For information, call 422-6616.