Forwarding a message from FDOT.  Kathleen Pagan, AICP, Sr. Planner



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      CONTACT:              Laurie Windham

December 28, 2009                                                                                                     (386) 754-1546 office  

(386) 292-0901 mobile







GAINESVILLE – Work to reconstruct four miles of Main Street (S.R. 329), between Eighth Avenue and Depot Avenue, is scheduled to resume Monday, Jan. 4, with the first of 11 detours in place, according to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).  

Crews have been working on the west side of Main Street between Eighth and University Avenues since September.  When workers return from the Christmas break, the week of Jan. 4, traffic between Eighth and University Avenues will be shifted to the new lanes on the west side of the roadway and work will begin on the east side of the roadway. 

Work on the south end of the project will also begin at the intersection of Depot Avenue and Main Street, where through traffic will be detoured around the intersection. Motorists traveling south on Main Street will be directed to go west on Southwest Fourth Avenue, south on Southwest Sixth Street, east on Southwest 16th Avenue and back to Main Street.  Northbound motorists will take the same route traveling west on Southwest 16th Avenue, north on Southwest Sixth Street, east on Southwest Fourth Avenue and back to Main Street. Local traffic will still have access, but will be unable to cross the intersection.

The detour is necessary while crews remove unsuitable soil and install a main water line, sewer and storm water pipes and other structures. Once the utility work is completed, the base for the new road will be built in preparation for the new asphalt. This detour is expected to last at least 30 days. 

When the entire 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 for information about FDOT projects around Northeast Florida.