The paving project along Route 1A will start in earnest on Thursday, May 16, at 7 a.m.

The work will start at the Ipswich town line and work southward. Workers will be in the southbound lane, reclaiming the road, heading toward the Wenham town line and railroad crossing. Traffic near the work area will be one lane, alternating traffic.,

The contractor said work will be near the High School and Middle School during the late morning.

Expect delays, particularly during peak travel times on Thursday and Friday, May 16 and May 17. Please plan your route accordingly and allow extra travel time.

The $2.1 million MassDOT repaving project will continue with possible daily lane closures on weekdays through June 14. The project schedule is weather-dependent and subject to change without notice.