WUFT News

At Last, Gainesville’s Northwest 16th Avenue Will Soon Be Less Bumpy

By on November 5th, 2013
Alachua County will meet Nov. 12 to approve a bid and construction plans for the stretch of road between Northwest 57 Terrace to the Northwest 13th Street, including Northwest 16th Avenue.

Colleen Wright / WUFT News

Alachua County will meet Nov. 12 to approve a bid and construction plans for the stretch of road between Northwest 57 Terrace to the Northwest 13th Street, including Northwest 16th Avenue.

Gainesville’s Northwest 16th Avenue corridor might be one week away from getting the green light for a makeover.

The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners will meet Nov. 12 to approve the bid ranking and construction contract surrounding improvements of the four-mile stretch between Northwest 57 Terrace to the Northwest 13th Street.

The project includes repaving the road, widening the sidewalk to seven and a half feet, replacing the bordering walls, bicycle lanes, median changes, extending the five-lane section of Northwest 23rd Street west to Northwest 57th Terrace, and modifying the intersection at Northwest 55th Street.

Following an approval, a pre-construction conference will be held Nov. 18. Once the contractor receives a nod from the county, the company will have 330 days to complete the project, leaving room for inclement weather and construction delays.

The contract includes incentives for finishing work on time as well as requiring placement of message boards on the corridor to alert drivers of pending construction and changes to traffic patterns.

The county received three bids since bidding opened Oct. 16.

If the plans are approved by the county commission, Anderson Columbia Co. Inc., will win the project for $7.5 million; $7 million for the base bid and $500,000 in contingency funds. Tony Williams of Anderson Columbia Co. Inc. did not return phone calls.

Alachua County Transportation Engineering Manager Brian Singleton said the project began conceptually years before a 2011 approval. The project went through public involvement, and the county commission finalized a design last year.

“There have been quite a bit of phone calls on getting it resurfaced,” he said.

Beginning this past February, the county patched potholes along Northwest 16th Avenue.

Construction is anticipated to begin in December, but the launch is left up to the contractor, Singleton said. He said residents along the corridor may experience lane closures in some locations.

The Northwest 16th Avenue project is the latest venture in a string of improvements around Alachua County.

“It’s one of the projects that’s approved with the five cent local option gas tax instituted in 2007,” he said. The county commission voted on the tax in 2007 and the county began raising funds in 2008.

According to county records, the county design staff was directed to use a “shared lane” option, requiring on-street markers and signs alerting drivers that bicyclists share the lane.

It’s a change Shannon Mallon, a 20-year-old University of Florida architecture junior, is most excited about.

Mallon, of the 2300 block of Northwest 16th Avenue, rides her bike to campus five days a week. She said the road improvements were overdue, particularly in areas where a four-foot bike lane is nonexistent.

“I’ve had a couple close calls,” she said.


This entry was posted in Local and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
  • Ge_off

    Why is there no design diagram for this mystery. Instead of telling us there will be this and that, why not show a rendering of the changes?

 

More Stories in Local

Gina Eaton (left), a 34-year-old graduate student at UF, and Heather Petroccia, a 26-year-old Ph.D. student at UF, clean out buckets to prepare them to mix grout for the tiles.

Habitat For Humanity Build Programs Empower Women

National Women Build Week was May 2-10. Alachua Habitat for Humanity Women Build participated in the weeklong event.


GPD

Gainesville Police Department Recruiting Video Raises Concern

A Gainesville Police Department recruitment video has raised concerns over how it portrays how the police interact with the community. The video included scenes of police officers making arrests, chasing suspects and weapons training.


Lisa Lee Savage has experienced substance abuse and served time in prison. With help from local homeless shelter GRACE Marketplace, though, she overcame those challenges to make a new life for herself. Photo courtesy of Lisa Lee Savage

Saving Grace: One Woman’s Story Of Overcoming Adversity

Lisa Lee Savage was a substance abuser and she broke the rules, but she also overcame adversity. Now, she works as an administrative assistant and receptionist at the GRACE Welcome Center.


IMG_1999

Tornado Damages Homes Near Ocala Monday

More than 50 homes were damaged in two separate neighborhoods southwest of Ocala Monday afternoon as severe thunderstorms rolled through.


Cars drive past the filled-in potholes and cracks. Permanent road repairs are not expected until after July 2016. Ronnie Socash / WUFT News

No Immediate Fix for SW 62nd Boulevard Road Conditions

Despite continual repairs to Southwest 62nd Boulevard, commuters will still have to drive along the road’s potholes and “alligator cracks” until it is reconstructed in 2016. Once a project development and environment study is completed, the city of Gainesville can work on a $45.2 million project that will turn Southwest 62nd Boulevard from a two-lane road into a four-lane road.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments