Works starts Monday on SR 26


Published: Friday, January 4, 2008 at 7:49 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 4, 2008 at 7:49 a.m.

Construction begins on area road projects next week including State Road 26, which will be closed between Orange Heights and Melrose in eastern Alachua County starting Monday.

SR 26 will be shut down for about two months to repair a depression under the roadway, the Florida Department of Transportation reported.

The closure will occur during weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. between County Road 1469 and CR 219A. Westbound traffic will be detoured to CR 219A and eastbound to CR 1469. The detour will add about two miles to motorists' drive.

In western Putnam County, crews also will start working on an eight-mile section of SR 21 between SR 20 and the Clay County line beginning Monday. Shoulders are being added to the roadway, and pavement replaced.

Daytime lane closures will occur on SR 21 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., according to DOT.

During the construction, southbound truck traffic on SR 21 will not be able to turn west onto SR 26. Semis will be detoured to SR 20 westbound to U.S. 301 northbound and back to SR 26, adding 15 miles to the route. All other traffic will be able to use the intersection.

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