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A project to resurface seven roads in the North Helena Valley is set to start Tuesday, according to Lewis and Clark County officials. 

Jennifer Garcin, Lewis and Clark County communications coordinator, said the dates are tentative and could change due to weather, equipment malfunction or unforeseen circumstances. The total project should be done by July 25, Garcin said. In the meantime, travelers could experience delays up to 40 minutes. 

Masonic Home Road to Collins Drive is the first resurfacing, which is set for July 9. On July 10, road crews will move on to Mill Road before continuing to Forestvale Road on July 11 and John G. Mine Road on July 15. 

Applegate Drive represents one of the largest stretches of resurfacing, and county officials anticipate they will spend July 16 and 17 on this road. Norris Road is set for July 18 and the project will wrap up with Williams Street on July 22 and 23. 

The project aims to provide smoother roads and better water drainage. County officials are asking that drivers obey signage and flaggers for the duration of the project.

"There is always an alternative route," Garcin said. "If you can find a way around, chances are we will be gone by the time you are done. These are short-term delays, meaning they will not be longer than 40 minutes, but hopefully shorter. We ask people to be patient, keep your speed down and respect the signs and the workers. We don't want anyone getting hurt and we don't want anyone to have an accident."

Garcin said the county will move on to chip sealing the fresh asphalt in August, although no start date has been determined at this time. 

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