Workers with Prater Equipment of Comanche began work Monday on a project to improve a deteriorated section of Coggin Avenue in Brownwood, and the work is expected to be finished by Wednesday or possibly even Tuesday.

Brownwood City Council members earlier awarded a $78,459 bid Tuesday to Prater, which is now putting down an asphalt overlay from Austin Avenue to 13th Street.

Council members approved the project as part of Phase 2 of a street improvement project funded from a 2012 Certificates of Obligation.

The project is necessary “due to wheel path rutting and surface treatment deterioration,” council members were told earlier.

Prater, which recently rebuilt Fisk Street as part of the street improvement project, was the sole bidder on the Coggin Avenue project.

Mayor Stephen Haynes told council members earlier that the project consists of a resurfacing, rather than a total rebuild like Fisk Street. “At the end of the day, we’ll have essentially the same surface that we have on Fisk,” Haynes said.

To reduce the cost of the project, the city furnished $140,000 worth of hot mix, and city crews have done some of the work.

Public Works Director David Harris said city workers repaired potholes and put down a seal coat earlier this month.

When the project is finished, the road will have a smoother surface and improved drainage, Harris said.