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Kathleen Pagan, AICP, Sr. Planner
September 3, 2009 (386) 754-1546 office
(386) 292-0901 mobile
MAIN STREET RESTRUCTURING TO BEGIN WITH LANE CLOSURES
GAINESVILLE – Work to reconstruct four miles of Main Street (S.R. 329) between NE/NW Eighth Avenue and Depot Avenue is scheduled to begin September 8, according to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).
Construction will be done in three phases and take about two years to complete. Several detours will be necessary during construction and will be posted on lighted signs to alert motorists in advance of the closures.
During Phase I, north and southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction and shifted to the east, between NE/NW Eighth Avenue and NE/NW First Avenue (one block north of University Avenue). Work will include repairing damaged sidewalks, adding wheelchair accessible ramps, installing new traffic signals and reconstructing curbs on the west side of the roadway. Crews will also remove the old asphalt and a layer of bricks from the original street.
Once work is completed on the west side of the road, traffic will be shifted to the new lanes and Phase II will begin on the east side of the road. By the first of the year, crews are expected to begin Phase III, between NE/NW First Avenue and Depot Avenue. The work in the intersection of Main Street and University Avenue has been scheduled for two weekends and will be done at the end of Phase III.
When the project is finished, Main Street will be a two-lane street with a center turn lane, bicycle lanes on each side of the road, on-street parking and upgraded utilities.
The FDOT has contracted with J.B. Coxwell Contracting, Inc. of Jacksonville to complete the $6-million project.
The project was developed in coordination with the reconstruction of the section between Northeast Eighth and 23rd Avenues as developed by the Alachua County Public Works Department and the City of Gainesville’s Depot Avenue project.
For more information about this or other state road construction projects in Alachua County, contact Laurie Windham at 800-475-0044 or [log in to unmask]. You can also visit www.nflroads.com for information about FDOT projects around Northeast Florida.