The city of Roanoke announced new construction projects in the downtown area will begin March 1.

The latest project includes reconstruction of both Rusk Street and Austin Street and the alleyway between the two roadways.

Work along Rusk will take place between Walnut Street and Oak Street, and the scope of the Austin reconstruction will stretch from Pine Street to Oak.

The first road closure related to the project begins March 1 due to demolition work on Rusk from Walnut to Pine.

Road crews will have barricades in place in order to close a section of the street, and drivers in the area should allow additional time in order to reach their destination, the announcement said.

According to city officials, the project is estimated for completion in October.

For questions about city of Roanoke road construction projects, residents can call the public works department at 817-491-6099.