As part of the on-going Depot Avenue project, a traffic pattern change will occur Thursday, Oct. 16, for South Main Street at Depot Avenue.
Traffic will be shifted to the west, where half of the new roundabout at the intersection has been constructed. Depot Avenue will be closed west and east of the intersection. North and southbound Main Street traffic will be maintained. This shift in traffic is expected to last through January 2015. Motorists are urged to use Southeast Fourth Avenue as an alternative route to Depot Avenue during this time.
The Depot Avenue project is being constructed by O’Steen Brothers, Inc. of Gainesville, Florida at a cost of approximately $6.7 million. The work will include reconstruction of the roadway into a two lane divided road with landscaped medians and three roundabouts. The roundabouts are will be located at Southwest 11th Street, Southwest Sixth Street and the Main Street intersections. The roundabout at Southwest 11th Street has been completed except for lighting and landscaping. Other improvements will include new utilities and drainage, as well as reconstruction of the Tumblin Creek crossing under the Depot Avenue roadway. Aesthetic upgrades such as streetscaping, landscaping, decorative lighting and a new widened multi-use trail along the southside of the roadway will also be provided. Construction began on May 14, 2014 and is expected to be complete in August 2016, barring any unforeseen conditions such as weather.
Direct media inquiries to Chip Skinner, Public Works spokesperson, at 352-393-7842 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional Depot Avenue project information, contact John Veilleux at 352-393-8418 or email@example.com.