NORTHFIELD — After months of false hopes and crossed fingers, the $1.7 million repaving project on Tilton Road is expected to begin within the next few weeks, Atlantic County Engineer Joseph D’Abundo said.

“The contractor is moving pretty much on schedule with the curbing work,” D’Abundo said. “I don’t know when paving will start, but it may be as early as next week.”

The holdups for the project, originally planned to begin earlier this year, have included a lack of available contractors and delays in needed utility work because the contractors and utility companies were heavily involved in post-Hurricane Sandy work.

Local drainage work needed to be completed first, then the needed utility work — diverting wires and lines as necessary to allow the reconstruction work to go forward — was able to begin in the spring, leading to blocked lanes and delays without any paving being done.

The project is fully funded by the federal government, so the state Department of Transportation needed to approve any contracts to ensure they met federal guidelines.

The approximately $1.4 million contract with Arawak Paving Co., of Hammonton, received relatively quick DOT approval, but the $215,000 contract for inspections — funded through a direct federal grant — took longer, D’Abundo said, delaying the start of the inspection process.

Once inspections were completed, curbing work needed to start first before repaving. That work, by Arawak, began in mid-September.

Repaving work is estimated to take about two to three weeks during that period, depending on weather and other factors, and will take place during the overnight hours. Gary Giglio of Arawak Paving said that repaving work was estimated to begin about Nov. 11, though it may start earlier.

The project is the last phase of $7.5 million in paving and construction projects the county has initiated along the 10-mile road since 2001, including sections in Egg Harbor, Galloway and Hamilton townships.

Before any further work could be done along Tilton Road in Northfield, a $1.2 million drainage project had to be completed because of a lack of drainage basins that led to pooling and flooding.

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