Repairs to Deadly Strip of I-75
It's been exactly a month since the deadly pile up on I-75.
As family and friends of the 11 people killed try to rebuild their lives without their loved ones, others are getting ready to rebuild the road. The Florida Department of Transportation will be resurfacing sections of the road where the pileup occurred.
DOT Spokesperson Gina Busscher moved back some memorial flowers away from the interstate towards Paynes Prairie, protecting them from the machines and workers that will be fixing the road tonight.
Traveling Salesman Orlando Muniz said, "It's something that needs to be taken care of now." Muniz says driving on Interstate 75 is not the same since the deadly pile up. The Lake City resident says he's on the highway everyday, but wont be Wednesday night.
Muniz said, "I'm glad I don't have to pick up that traffic when they close it down for repair."
The Florida Department of Transportation is resurfacing the damaged road the pile up left behind.
FDOT Spokesperson Gina Busscher said, "If we continually put traffic on it, particularly the large trucks, it will continue to beat down the pavement, where the rock will loosen up, and it'll start going through people's wind shields, and it'll eventually compromise the road bed."
Lane closures will begin at 8 o'clock tonight, and repairs will continue until 6am Thursday.
Busscher said, "By cones and by sheriff's deputies, who will be out here helping with the maintenance of traffic, they'll just be directed to use the inside lane."
The price tag of the overnight fix ($69,000) that Busscher says needs to happen now. She said, "Since we're able to recoup some of the costs, through the insurance companies and all, we'll be able to--hopefully it won't cost tax payers anything."
Either way, Muniz says if the interstate is safer, it's money well spent.
Muniz said, "I think we all need to be careful when we drive, when these conditions transpire."
The work should be done by Thursday morning. if not they will finish later in the week.
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