Main St. overhaul resumes Monday

Published: Saturday, January 2, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 2, 2010 at 12:12 a.m.

Starting Monday, South Main Street will be the road less traveled - at least by through traffic.

As work resumes on the Florida Department of Transportation's $6 million project after a holiday break, the intersection of South Main Street and Depot Avenue will be closed and is expected to remain so for 30 days.

During that time, traffic headed northbound will be routed west on Southwest 16th Avenue, north on Southwest Sixth Street and then east on Southwest Fourth Avenue back to Main Street.

Southbound traffic will be detoured west on Southwest Fourth Avenue, south on Southwest Sixth Street and east on Southwest 16th Avenue.

This will be the first time during the repaving and road reconstruction project that crews will be working south of University Avenue, said Laurie Windham, a project spokeswoman for FDOT. It also will be the first of 11 expected detours on Main Street south of University Avenue, Windham said.

She said the detours are necessary because crews will be replacing underground utilities.

At the intersection of Depot Avenue and Main Street, crews will replace an underground water main, sewer and stormwater pipes and remove contaminated soil. After the utility work is completed, crews will build the new road base.

Sandra Mancil, also a project spokeswoman for FDOT, said Main Street will remain open to local traffic during the detour and that all businesses along the road will remain accessible.

From University Avenue north to Eighth Avenue, construction will restart on the west side of the roadway. After that is complete, traffic will shift to that side of the street while crews work on the east side of the road.

The full project runs from Depot Avenue to Eighth Avenue and is scheduled for completion in spring 2011. When completed, the street will have one travel lane in each direction, a center turn lane, bicycle lanes on both sides of the road, on-street parking and new underground utilities.

The project from Depot Avenue to Eighth Avenue ties into the recently completed reconstruction of Main from Northeast Eighth Avenue north to Northeast 23rd Avenue.

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