Lane Ranger

State Road 24 in western part of county being resurfaced

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 11:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 11:54 p.m.

The resurfacing of State Road 24 in far western Alachua County, which will get under way today, will incorporate changes in the way a project is designed by the Florida Department of Transportation, thus reduc­ing pre-construction costs and potentially saving the state thousands of dollars.

This “smart plan” concept will be used on routine projects such as the resurfacing of SR 24 between the city of Archer and the Levy County line and will save money by reducing surveying and simplifying construction planning.

In the case of the SR 24 project, the plans were reduced from 120 sheets to 15 sheets, which are provided to the FDOT’s contractor in order to construct the improve­ments, similar to a set of house plans.

Crews will begin today with drainage and concrete work throughout the 2.7-mile project. Once this is complet­ed, they will remove and replace the top two inches of asphalt, which is expected to begin by mid-August.

The road will also be wid­ened just west of the old Alachua County landfill to accommodate a 4-foot bike lane between the travel lane and a right turn lane.

Motorists can expect daytime lane closures weekdays after 8:30 a.m., with flaggers directing traffic. Some driveways may be affected while crews work on drainage pipes.

This section of SR 24 was last resurfaced and widened in 1997. An average of 6,500 vehicles travels this section of roadway each day.

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