Published: May 06, 2014 4:43 PM EDT
Updated: May 06, 2014 6:21 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Drivers caught a one-day reprieve along a section of McGregor Boulevard slated for construction Tuesday.  A spokeswoman for the project says crews used Tuesday to prepare the road for construction Wednesday.

Construction near the Passaic Avenue intersection will be the first in a series of similar projects stretching from Colonial Blvd. to downtown Fort Myers.  Crews are replacing outdated and aging storm drains, installing larger pipes capable of handling more water.  Some of the old pipes were beginning to show signs of deterioration, as evidenced by slight buckling in the roadway, officials said.

In addition to improving drainage, parts of McGregor Blvd. will see a smoother ride once the pipes are replaced.  McGregor Blvd. will not be widened as part of the project.

Flaggers will be on hand as construction moves forward.  Drivers along McGregor should expect some delays, although authorities say it's possible most will be only minor.

The $370,000 multi-phase project is funded via a combination of storm water fees collected since 2009, and the city's general fund.  Officials hope to have the projects complete by this fall.

Construction at Passaic Avenue should be complete by May 13.  More information is available online at www.mcgregordrainage.com.