NEWBURYPORT — After nearly a month of delays, paving on High Street will begin July 2.

The project includes paving a portion of High Street that begins where it intersects with Storey and Moseley avenues and ends at the Winter Street intersection.

During Monday's City Council meeting, Mayor Donna Holaday informed councilors that the project — which was supposed to begin in early June — had been delayed because of weeks of inclement weather, and because the contractor has pushed to finish work in other communities. 

Holaday said that once the project starts, it will take two to three days to mill the top layer of pavement, with the actual paving beginning the following week. She said the city's contractor has already marked out the areas that will be paved, and some sidewalk work has begun.

Construction will occur daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and parking will not be allowed on certain sections of the street during certain times.

Holaday previously told The Daily News the paving project aims to improve driving conditions on High Street, which she said has long been “a mess” littered with potholes.

After the contractor is finished with High Street, it will move onto Merrimac Street where it will mill and pave the road between the roundabout and Kent Street, while also doing work on select areas of sidewalk.

The latter half of High Street will be paved next year, Holaday said. 

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