Construction begins this week on local roadways

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By Angye Morrison

Construction has begun on U.S. Highway 90/State Road 10, from the east end of the Apalachicola River Bridge to Madison Street.

Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures to occur during construction. The $11.4 million project includes milling, resurfacing, drainage and sidewalk improvements, new signage and pavement markings.

All driveways will be maintained and open during all phases of construction.

Peavy and Son Construction Company Inc. of Havana is the prime contractor on this 330-day project.

The project will be completed in three phases. In Phase I, maintenance and installation of traffic devices including signs, safety cones and barrels. Wetlands will be flagged for protection and erosion devices will be installed. In Phase II, milling and resurfacing will begin, along with drainage, curb, sidewalk, ramps and gutter work. sod shoulders and performance turf will be added. And in Phase III, the final friction course will be laid, one lane at a time, and all signage and pavement markers will be added. Intermittent lane closures will occur during this phase.

Three railroad crossings will be constructed during the project, including one on the west side of Pat Thomas at U.S. 90; SR 267, south of U.S. 90 and Pat Thomas; and SR 12, west of the U.S. 90 intersection on the east side of Gretna. This work will require short-term detours lasting approximately two days. A public meeting will be held at a date to be determined to discuss these detours.

For more information, call 627-4411, 922-7900 or 1-888-638-0250, ext. 208.