Lane Ranger: Safety is reason for Main Street barrels
Published: Monday, January 16, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 9:56 p.m.
Paul Nagy lives in northeast downtown Gainesville, so he’s had plenty of opportunities to experience the ongoing road work on Main Street — which is now under way in the 16th Avenue area.
Roadwork this week
Archer Road: Nighttime lane closures at Southwest 40th Avenue to extend the left turn lane.
Archer Road: No lane closures expected but pedestrians may be directed to the opposite side of the road between Southwest 44th and 78th streets, west of Interstate 75, while the sidewalks are repaired prior to resurfacing the road.
East University Avenue: Daytime lane closures to repaint the roadway markings from Waldo Road (SR 24) to Main Street (SR 329).
Interstate 75: No lane closures expected at the northbound exit ramp to Newberry Road (SR 26), where the ramp is being widened. The speed limit is reduced to 60 mph. Semis are allowed to use the northbound inside lane approaching the Newberry Road interchange. The sidewalk on the south side of the overpass between the northbound and southbound exit ramps remain closed. Pedestrians are directed to use the sidewalk on the north side of the road.
I-75 frontage road: Daytime lane closures from U.S. 441 to the end of the road to resurface.
North Main Street: Daytime lane closures to repaint the roadway markings from East University Avenue to Northwest Eighth Avenue.
Northwest Sixth Street: Daytime lane closures to repaint the roadway markings from Northwest Eighth Avenue to U.S. 441.
Northwest Eighth Avenue: Daytime lane closures to repaint the roadway markings from North Main Street to Northwest Sixth Street.
Southwest 13th Street: Daytime lane closures south of Archer Road (SR 24) to modify sidewalk and driveways on both sides of the road to make improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Southwest 34th Street: Crews will be repainting the roadway lines between Williston Road (SR 331) and West University Avenue (SR 26), which is a moving operation.
Southwest 34th Street: Daytime lane closure at Southwest 41st Place near the Dollar General store today from 2 to 5 a.m. to access a manhole.
SR 24: Crews will be repainting the roadway lines from the Levy County line to U.S. 27/41 in Archer, which is a moving operation.
SR 235: Daytime lane closures after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday through Friday between CR 241 and the Bradford County line near Brooker to resurface.
U.S. 27/41: Daytime lane closures from the Levy County line to U.S. 441 in High Springs to repaint the roadway markings. Also, crews will be repainting the roadway lines, which is a moving operation.
U.S. 301: Crews will be repainting the roadway lines between the Bradford and Marion county lines, which is a moving operation.
U.S. 441: Daytime lane closures to repaint the roadway markings from Northwest Sixth Street to the Columbia County line.
Waldo Road: Daytime lane closures just north of Northeast 39th Avenue for construction of a driveway and a right turn lane.
And he’s got some questions and concerns about the work.
“1. Why are sidewalks incomplete at the intersections of N. Main from 10th Avenue to 16th Avenue? I view this condition as a public safety issue. When is completion estimated?” Nagy asked in an email to The Sun.
“2. Why are traffic barrels still lining the northbound, left turn lane on N. Main turning onto W. 14th Avenue (alongside Publix). They appear unnecessary, as this turn lane is fully functioning. I view the continued presence of the orange/white barrels as a public safety issue.”
That section of the Main Street project is being done by Alachua County. Engineer Chris Zeigler had some answers.
Zeigler said sidewalk curb ramps at the intersections will be finished once new traffic signal mast arms are installed. Those arms were just installed at 16th Avenue, and are expected to be completed at 10th Avenue this week.
“The curb ramps at the intersections have not been poured yet because the new mast arms have to be installed and the existing strain poles for the old signal have to be removed. Both the mast arm construction and the strain pole removal require heavy equipment that would tear up the concrete,” Zeigler wrote. “The traffic barrels were placed by the contractor out of concern for safety as drivers adjust to the new conditions. The traffic barrels are placed in accordance with all applicable standards. We are finalizing an agreement with the Post Office to realign their driveway to line up with 14th Avenue. Once this work is complete, the left turn lane that the barrels are closing off will be opened to traffic.”