Work nearly finished on Southwest 91st St

Published: Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 3:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 3:46 p.m.

Alachua County has some good news for a couple of readers and for people who frequently drive along Southwest 91st Street: The rebuilding of the road will soon be completed.

Several people have emailed The Sun recently to ask about the project, which has been under way since last summer.

One reader said the curbs have been poured and torn up several times and that construction crews keep digging up areas.

Meanwhile, reader Rebecca Hickman said work seems to have stalled.

“The new sidewalk is completed and all new grass has been put down. The road work has not been completed and no work has been done in weeks,” she said in an email. “All of the roadworking equipment is gone, yet the road is still torn up and it looks like another layer of asphalt still needs to be laid down.”

Southwest 91st Street south of Newberry Road is a county-designated scenic road that is being rebuilt with a new road surface, drainage and other features.

Some residents have been critical of the design and of the work, saying it will detract from the scenic nature of the road.

Alachua County Public Works senior engineering technician Chris Zeigler said in an email that the work is nearly complete.

“The contractor has to correct a few deficiencies including replacing some curb and gutter that was cracked or did not meet the contract specifications,” Zeigler said. “The cost to correct the deficient work is at the contractor's expense as the county only pays once when the work is completed per the contract specifications. Once the deficiencies are corrected, the contractor will place the final course of asphalt and the project will be complete.”

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