Here are some area roads to avoid over the MLK holiday

By on January 18th, 2013

Some area roads will be closed, and detours in place, in Gainesville and Ocala Monday for events celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

In Gainesville, the area downtown adjacent to city hall and the Bo Diddley Plaza will see disruptions starting at 11:15 a.m., according to the Gainesville Police Department. Other road closures will go into effect at 12:45 p.m. The list includes:


East University Avenue from Main Street to Waldo Road

Waldo Road from East University Avenue to NE 16th Avenue

NE 14th Street from 8th Avenue to 12th Avenue

NE 15th Street from 12th Avenue to 16th Avenue (Local traffic only)


Southbound traffic on Waldo Road will be re-routed west on NE 16th Avenue to Main Street, then south on Main Street to SE 2nd Avenue and back to Waldo Road

Northbound traffic on Waldo Road will be re-routed west on SE 2nd Avenue, north on Main Street, east on NE 16th Avenue back to Waldo Road

Eastbound traffic on NE 8th Avenue will be re-routed north on NE 9th Street

Westbound traffic on NE 8th Avenue will be turned north on Waldo Road and west again at NE 16th Avenue

Westbound traffic on East University Avenue and Hawthorne Road will be re-routed north or south on 15th Street and west on SE 2nd Avenue or NE 8th Avenue

Access to the county courthouse for all judges is permitted, as long as it does not cause any breach of safety.

In Ocala, the following road closures will be in effect 7:30- 10 a.m.:

Road closures:
State Route 40 from NE 8th Avenue to NW Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

U.S. 441 (Pine Avenue) from state Route 200 / SW 10th Street to US 27 / NW 10th Street

S/N Magnolia Avenue from SW Fort King Street to NW 1st Street

SW/NW 3rd Avenue from SW 3rd Street to NW 1st Street

SW/NW 2nd Avenue from SW 3rd Street to NW 1st Street

SW/NW 1st Avenue from SW Fort King Street to NW 1st Street

SW/SE Broadway Street from U.S. 441 to SE 1st Avenue

SW Fort King Avenue from U.S. 441 to SW 1st Avenue

SW 2nd Street from U.S. 441 to SW 1st Avenue

Main Detour Routes:

State Route 40: NE 8th Avenue to NE/NW 14th Street (State route 492) / NW 10th Street (US 27) to NW Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard back to state Route 40.

U.S. 441: SR 200 / SW 10th Street to SW/NW Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to US 27 / NW 10th Street back to US 441.

S/N Magnolia Avenue (southbound): NE 1st Street to NE/SE Watula Avenue to SE Fort King Street back to S Magnolia Avenue

SW/NW 1st Avenue: SW/SE Fort King Street to SE/NE Watula Avenue to NE/NW 1st Street back to NW 1st Avenue

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