Construction projects underway during Work Zone Awareness Week


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Drivers on the roads, listen!

Several construction projects are currently underway in our observation area, and the blocked roads will not go away anytime soon.

From rebuilding roads to widening freeways, the Florida Department of Transportation wants you to be careful on the roads as you navigate these changes while working to make them more efficient.

The largest project currently underway by the Florida Department of Transportation is the widening of the Crawfordville Highway. The stretch begins south of East Ivan Road north of SR 267.

FDOT says this $ 25.5 million project includes pavement widening, milling and resurfacing, signage upgrades, drainage upgrades, sewer main construction, construction of box culverts and new signs and pavement marks.

Pat Herring, a resident of Wakulla County, shares, “I’m sure a lot of people are frustrated with this because it takes forever.”

Herring lived just off the Crawfordville Highway and hopes the years of groundbreaking finally come to an end: “I know it has to happen, progress is inevitable, but if they could just hurry up a bit, I would definitely be. happy. . “

Projects similar to this crop up throughout the Big Bend.

“We have everything for resurfacing, replacement of sidewalks or widening projects,” said Ian Satter of FDOT.

In Leon County, the Florida Department of Transportation will be milling and resurfacing a section of US 90 and making improvements at several intersections along the road to increase pedestrian safety. This includes the installation of whelks for pedestrians at several intersections of secondary roads.

There will also be a new lane configuration with bicycle lanes from Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue to St. Margaret’s Church Road. Also at the eastbound turn lane on St. Margaret’s Church Road. There will be intersection improvements at Salt Road, as well as a new water pipe installation between Mahan Drive and Martin Luther King Jr.

In Jefferson County, there will be a resurfacing of SR 20 (US 27) in Jefferson County from the Leon County Line west of Chittling Street. The existing traffic lanes, auxiliary lanes, center crossings and paved shoulders will be redone. FDOT says the typical section consists of two 12-foot lanes of traffic, a 10-foot outer shoulder (four-foot paving stone), and an eight-foot inner shoulder in each direction. The traffic lanes are separated by a 32-foot grassed median. FDOT also shares that the right-of-way varies throughout the project boundaries and no additional right-of-way will be required.

Satter says the reason for the increased construction is that, as the months get warmer, it’s a great time to lay down the asphalt.

While the extra time in traffic or road detours can be an inconvenience for drivers, during this week of “Work Zone Awareness Week” it is important to remember those who are there.

“Pay attention to work areas, be aware of the people who work in those work areas,” Satter said of good driving rules, “Avoid distractions, slow down.

Satter also shares additional information that is important to keep in mind during #WZAW:

  • Speed ​​is a contributing factor in more than 6% of fatal accidents in work areas in 2019.
  • Work area accidents pose a risk to roadside workers who were present in the work area in 35% of fatal accidents and 44% of serious injury accidents.
  • According to statewide accident data from 2015-2019, Florida has experienced more than 50,000 workplace-related accidents, including more than 380 fatalities and more than 2,400 serious injuries.
  • In 2019, 21% of fatal accidents in work areas involved rear-end collisions.
  • National Work Zone Awareness Week began in 1999 when the Federal Highway Administration, the American Traffic Safety Services Association, and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials signed a memorandum of understanding committing to raising awareness among the public. public to work area safety issues through national media. countryside.
  • National Work Zone Awareness Week will take place from April 26 to 30, but FDOT efforts will run from April 5 to May 30.

Those who use the roads day in and day out hope that the orange cones and construction tractors leave behind an improved and perfected travel experience.

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