Roadwork along Interstate 75


Published: Monday, October 1, 2007 at 9:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 1, 2007 at 9:00 a.m.

Motorists traveling on Interstate 75 this week should watch for construction projects underway in both Columbia and Suwannee counties, the Florida Department of Transportation cautioned.

Landscaping work could impact traffic along the interstate in both counties. Daytime lane closures also are possible as crews build an emergency crossover in the median south of the U.S. 441 Ellisville exit, according to FDOT.

Other projects around the area, including work performed by the city of Gainesville, are:

ALACHUA COUNTY:

NW 13th Street No traffic impacts scheduled at the signalized intersections between NW 10th and 39th avenues as work on upgrading the traffic signals takes place off the roadway. However, daytime lane closures will take place for inmate crews to repaint the pavement markings between Williston Road and the Columbia County line.

NW 39th Avenue No lane closures scheduled between NW 13th Street and

the Gainesville Public Works center as work on the traffic signals is finishing up.

NW 39th Avenue No traffic impacts scheduled between NW 6th Street and Waldo Road because the landscaping is completed except for a few minor details.

S. Main Street Possible daytime lane closures between SW 16th Avenue and Williston Road as crews landscape the medians.

State Road 121 Daytime lane closures between SW 13th Street and the Levy County line as inmate crews repaint the roadway markings such as turn arrows, bike lanes, etc.

U.S. 441 South Daytime lane closures for northbound and southbound traffic from south of Williston Road to the Marion County line for placing the final layer of asphalt. The lane closures will begin at 7 a.m. and may last until 8 p.m.

U.S. 441 North Daytime lane closures between Progress Boulevard and NW 135th Terrace in Alachua to landscape the medians.

W. Newberry Road Daytime lane closures from the western side of Newberry to the Gilchrist County line and to the city of Trenton for paving the final layer of asphalt on the travel lanes. The lane closures will begin at 8 a.m. and may last until 10 p.m. Motorists should allow an extra 15 to 20 minutes to reach their destination during the lane closures.

SW 43rd Street Lane closures will begin on SW 43rd Street at the intersection of SW 24th Avenue on Monday. The lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and will last for approximately two weeks. Construction crews will be placing infrastructure for stormwater and utilities associated with the SW 24th Avenue two-lane construction. Anyone traveling through this area should expect delays.

COLUMBIA COUNTY:

Branford Highway Daytime lane closures for both northbound and southbound traffic continue about a quarter of a mile south of County Road 252B as turn lanes and driveway are built for the private development Rose Pointe.

Interstate 10 Daytime lane closures from Monday at 6 a.m. until Friday at noon for paving the final layer of asphalt between U.S. 441 and the Baker County line. Work is presently heading eastbound starting at U.S. 441 and will switch to westbound by mid-week. Up to two miles could be closed at one time. The speed limit is reduced to 60 mph during lane closures and speeding fines are doubled in construction zones when workers are present.

The Florida Highway Patrol is actively working the construction zone.

I-75 Daytime lane closures for both southbound and northbound traffic at mile marker 413, about a mile south of the U.S. 441 Ellisville exit, on Monday through Thursday between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. as FDOT crews build an emergency crossover in the median.

I-75 Possible brief traffic impacts at the U.S. 90 interchange as trucks enter and leave the interchange area as work begins on a landscaping project.

GAINESVILLE :

SW 3rd Avenue The roadway between SW 3rd and 5th streets will be closed for several months for construction.

NW 3rd Place The 1300 block is closed for construction. The road will be closed for several months.

NE 12th Avenue The roadway between Waldo Road and the Cedar Grove subdivision will be closed until Oct. 5 due to construction associated with the new Wal-Mart.

SE 15th Avenue The roadway from SE 17th Terrace to SE 17th Drive will be closed for several months for placement of drainage pipe and structure installation to enclose the open ditch between SE 12th and 15th avenues.

NW 18th Street The roadway from University Avenue to NW 1st Avenue will be closed until approximately June 2008.

GILCHRIST COUNTY:

SR 26 Daytime lane closures from U.S. 129 in Trenton to the AlachuaCounty line and to the city of Newberry for placing the final layer of asphalt between 8:30 a.m. and dark. Motorists are reminded that if they are entering the roadway from a side street or driveway that does not have a flagger to wait until traffic passes in the same direction of travel before entering SR 26 to avoid head-on traffic.

U.S. 129 A mandatory detour is in place for through traffic between CR 236 and 340. All northbound and southbound through traffic is detoured to either CR 236, if northbound, or CR 340, if southbound, to CR 341 and then CR 236 or CR 340 and back to U.S. 129. The detour is about six miles long.

Only emergency vehicles, school buses and local traffic are allowed to continue past CR 236 and 340 on U.S. 129. The lane widths are reduced to nine feet and the speed limit is reduced to 35 mph. The detour allows crews to reconstruct the hills to lower them to provide better sight distance.

The detour should last about two months.

LEVY COUNTY:

SR 24 Daytime lane closures between the Channel Four Bridge in Cedar Key and County Road 345 in Rosewood to resurface the roadway. Lane closures begin after 9 a.m. Flaggers will direct traffic around the lane closures.

Motorists entering SR 24 from a side street without a flagger should wait for traffic to go by in the direction in which they need to travel to avoid running head-on into traffic. Motorists should allow an extra 15 minutes to reach their destination.

LIVE OAK:

N. Ohio Avenue The roadway is totally closed from U.S. 90 to Duval Street in downtown Live Oak to allow the railroad crossing to be replaced.

Local traffic is detoured from U.S. 90 to Houston Avenue and Duval Street and back to U.S. 129. Large trucks are detoured to 72nd Trace to Houston Avenue to U.S. 90 and back to U.S. 129 or vice versa. The roadway is expected to be reopened by Friday at 5 p.m.

SUWANNEE COUNTY:

I-75 Motorists should be aware that crews are landscaping the SR 136 interchange and trucks may be entering or exiting the ramps.

U.S. 90 Possible daytime lane closures about three miles west of Wellborn at 63rd Street to provide turn lanes for the new Suwannee Correctional Institution.

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