Northwest 22nd Street resurfacing project begins

Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 1:23 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 1:23 p.m.

A road project on Northwest 22nd Street and Northwest Fifth Avenue began this week.

The $674,674 project includes resurfacing the approximately -mile patched and cracked stretch of Northwest 22nd between University Avenue and Northwest Eighth Avenue and the -mile stretch of Northwest Fifth between 22nd and Northwest 20th Street, said Stefan Broadus with the city's Public Works Department.

Sidewalks will be widened from 5 to 6 feet where there is sufficient right of way, and the intersection of 22nd and Fifth will be raised as a traffic slowing measure, he said. Broadus said the intersection will be “similar to a speed table...with a plateau at the top.”

On Friday, crews and heavy trucks were working along 22nd, where traffic was limited to one lane. They have also removed the old sidewalk along the north side of Fifth.

In addition to the wider sidewalks and the raised intersection, the “road will stay the same in essence,” Broadus said, with no changes to lane widths.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of January. R.E. Arnold is the contractor. The City Commission awarded the bid for the Gainesville firm at the Nov. 15 meeting.

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