Florida Department of Transportation hosted a construction open house November 9 for an upcoming resurfacing project in Downtown Jacksonville. The $13 million State Street, Union Street and Mathews Expressway resurfacing project is scheduled to begin in December. The project includes resurfacing Union Street and State Street from the western end of the Mathews Bridge to east of Cleveland Street at Kings Road, just west of I-95.
The four-mile roadway resurfacing and improvement project also includes repairing and replacing sidewalks, upgrading handicap-accessible sidewalk ramps and emphasizing crosswalks with additional pavement markings, also known as “special emphasis” crosswalks.
Drainage improvements will also be addressed and include repairs to storm drain pipes and inlet repairs. In addition, Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway (Gator Bowl Boulevard interchange) from Grant Street to Church Street will be resurfaced. To make the area more traffic-flow friendly, Main Street between State and Union streets will be converted from a one-way to a two-way street.
As with many improvement projects, pedestrian and vehicle traffic will be impacted. Various daytime and nighttime lane closures on State Street, Union Street and the Mathews Expressway, as well as sidewalk closures with detours, will be in effect during the duration of the project.
When needed, contractors can close lanes on State and Union streets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and can close two lanes from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. On Wednesdays, closures can occur from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
For the Mathews Expressway, lane closures are allowed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. but start an hour later Wednesdays (9 p.m. to 6 a.m.)
Bus traffic may be impacted as well during the project. Lane closures are allowed near the Rosa Parks Transit Station between Julia and Laura streets from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.
During the utility work phase, lane closures will be allowed on the weekends from Saturday at 6 a.m. to Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on State and Union streets, however, no lanes closures are allowed on Union Street between Main and Pearl Streets from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.
Hubbard Construction Company of Winter Park is FDOT’s contractor and the project is expected to be complete in spring 2017.
For a video of the November 9 Open House, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBkW-YaG_Og.