WEST GARDINER, Maine — Maine Turnpike Authority officials say they don’t expect any major traffic problems when repaving a five-mile stretch of the highway between West Gardiner and Litchfield begins.

The work is expected to take place in April and cost about $3.2 million.

Studies done by the agency indicate that the work can take place between 7 p.m. Sunday and noon Friday without having a negative effect on traffic.

Spokesman Dan Morin tells the Kennebec Journal the project falls within a planned program of pavement rehabilitation that involves repaving a section of highway every 12 to 15 years.

He says a prebid conference last week for eligible contractors attracted representatives from seven firms and bids for road work have been coming in lower than the estimates.