Construction is scheduled to begin on a busy stretch of Brown County highway immediately after Labor Day, and traffic delays will probably become common for as long as 12 months.

Barricades will be set up Tuesday at the limits of the project along Early Boulevard (U.S. Highway 67-84-377) and lane closures are planned for Thursday, barring weather conditions that might delay work, according to Sandra Parker, public information officer for the Brownwood District office of the Texas Department of Transportation.

The construction zone will run from just west of C.C. Woodson to the area east of Lucas.

Parker said the contractor plans to begin the rehabilitation project on the south side of the roadway, and traffic will be restricted to the two northern lanes with the existing center turn lane being used as a left turn only lane at the intersections.

Motorists can expect traffic delays daily and are encouraged to find an alternate route.

Some of the options available to motorists who want to avoid the busiest areas of Early Boulevard include the Old May Road, the old Comanche Road, The Parkway and Orchard behind Chicken Express and Heartland Funeral Home, and others.

“All those streets are going to be much busier,” Parker said.

The project is designed to rehabilitate the existing roadway, and to construct new curb and gutter, illumination, sidewalks meeting current ADA specifications, raised medians and a new signal bridge.

Lindsey Contractors, Inc. of Waco were awarded the $4.2 million project that is expected to take approximately one year to complete.