Construction scheduled to begin Monday, April 27, 2020
South Florida Avenue (SR 37) from Ariana Street to Lime Street – Pilot Study construction is scheduled to begin Monday night, April 27. The project will create and test a new traffic pattern that replaces the two narrow lanes in each direction with one wider lane in each direction and maintains a center turn lane. The project will take about five months to complete with a year-long study of its effects to begin at the conclusion of construction.
To create the new configuration, crews will place traffic separators in the outside travel lanes creating a wider area for pedestrians; remove the top layer of asphalt and replace it with new asphalt; stripe the new pavement to create the new traffic pattern; upgrade and adjust the signal equipment to realign with the new lanes; and remove and reconstruct the mid-block crossing between Palmetto Street and Hickory Street. Crosswalks are included at Ariana Street, East Belmar Street, Patterson Street, McDonald Street/Cresap Street, East Walnut Street and Lime Street. New signing and striping will help motorists navigate through the roadway.
All roadway work is currently scheduled to occur at night/overnight between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Motorists should expect lane closures and traffic shifts during construction while crews work on one side or the other. The existing posted speed limit will remain 30 mph during construction.
Hubbard Construction Company, Inc, is contracted to construct the $950,000 project.
For more information on the South Florida Avenue (SR 37) from Ariana Street to Lime Street – Pilot Study project, please visit the project website at www.swflroads.com/sr37/arianatolime.