A subcontractor that refused to stop paving Third Avenue Southeast in Lacey in the rain, will now do so at its own cost on Friday, the city announced.
Minor delays are expected and alternate routes are advised, according to a news release.
About three weeks ago, the subcontractor was paving the street with fresh asphalt when it began to rain, Lacey Public Works Director Scott Egger recently explained at a city council meeting. That kind of work is prohibited in the rain, Egger said, but an employee of the business, whom he described as a foreman-level worker, refused to stop after being told to do so by a city inspector.
Asphalt contains oils that repel water, and that means cracks or holes may form in asphalt that is laid during rainy weather. Those cracks can quickly turn into potholes.