Pavement repairs and safety improvements were scheduled to begin March 21 in the Powell Post Office parking lot at 40 Grace Drive.

Pavement repairs and safety improvements were scheduled to begin March 21 in the Powell Post Office parking lot at 40 Grace Drive.

The entrance to the parking lot will be closed to allow for the work, slated for completion March 28, said postmaster Bob Dean.

An outdoor drop box will be available near the sidewalk entrance to the building, but people will have to leave their cars to use the box, Dean said.

The asphalt in front of the drive-up collection box is deteriorating.

"In order to repair that area and have more of a permanent fix, we'll be replacing the asphalt with concrete for a longer-term solution to the problem," Dean said.

When the repairs are complete, the parking lot's traffic pattern will change.

"The entrance to the parking lot will become the exit and the exit will become the entrance," Dean said. "That's to facilitate both customer and tractor-trailer traffic. The tractor-trailers have had to enter through the exit to be able to turn into the parking lot, which has been a major safety concern."

With the new traffic flow, the tractor-trailers will then travel in the same direction as the customers, Dean said.

"It's a very busy office and our parking lot is very busy, and we're hoping these changes will make a safer environment for people to conduct business here," Dean said. "And the elimination of the pothole in front the drop-off box. We've patched that hole numerous times."

The post office leases the facility and partners with the landlord to maintain it, Dean said. He did not know the project's cost.