Underground utility construction work on East River Drive is ahead of schedule and could allow for one-lane traffic in each direction to return by Saturday as work nears completion for the season.

Resurfacing on the project is nearly completed for the season, said Eric Schallert, senior engineer for Davenport’s Public Works Department. The north two lanes of River Drive between Mound Street and Oneida Avenue won’t be resurfaced until next spring.

The eastbound half of River Drive will be closed for a few hours Wednesday to resurface the intersection with Mound Street, according to the Public Works Department.

The city set up a detour of westbound traffic Nov. 5, so workers could install water, sanitary and storm sewer lines under River Drive, anticipating the closure to last three weeks. Tuesday’s announcement would put the project about a week ahead of schedule.

The detour for Wednesday’s closure will take westbound traffic up River Street to 11th Street then follow the existing detour. Eastbound traffic will access the Village of East Davenport from McClellan Boulevard and be rerouted to Mound Street via River Street, according to the city.

Flaggers will be located at McClellan Boulevard, River Street and Mound Street to facilitate traffic movements, according to the city.

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