Changes on the way for NW 16th Avenue in Gainesville
Published August 6th, 2013
GAINESVILLE- 8th avenue isn't the only roadway in alachua county scheduled to get a facelift.
While the city of Gainesville is testing narrowing part of 8th avenue, changes are on the way for the 16th and 23rd avenue corridor.
Pavement typically lasts from 15 to 20 years, and county officials say that the 16th avenue resurfacing project is long overdue.
Major repairs haven't been completed since 1975.
Part of the plan was controversial, but county commissioners ultimately approved narrowing the outside lanes to make room for bike lanes.
Thats despite heavy car traffic on this busy corridor-- 25-thousand trips a day.
"The NW 16 avenue project is scheduled to begin in November, it will mainly consist of resurfacing the roadway, widening the sidewalks, and replacing a couple of the gravity walls along the corridor that are damaged beyond repair," says Alachua County Transportation Engineering Manager, Brian Singleton
The county is in the process of advertising bids for contractors.
They hope to start the project in November, and to take at most 10 months to complete.
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