Two new Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) projects have started in Columbia County as two others enter the home stretch.
Projects on U.S. 41, near downtown Lake City, and State Road 47 near Interstate 75 have begun in recent weeks, while a major project on U.S. 90 West and another on Baya Drive near completion.
The $985,000 State Road 47 project will add a permanent center turn lane starting just south of County Road 242 and ending at the Dollar General store. It will also repurpose the right-hand, southbound travel lane on State Road 47 into a right turn-only lane at County Road 242. The scope of the project also includes shoulder work, drainage improvements, and traffic signal upgrades.
The project is scheduled to be completed in Winter 2016/2017.
Near downtown Lake City, crews have started repainting and repairing the U.S. Highway 41 bridge over Wilson Street. The approximately $559,000 project, which includes cleaning and repainting the bridge, as well as cleaning and resealing joints on the bridge deck, is scheduled for completion this winter.
Two other projects are nearing completion, including one that has been underway for more than three years.
The U.S. Highway 90 four-laning project, which began in January 2013, is scheduled to be completed by the end of summer. The additional travel lanes will extend from Lake City Avenue – where the previous four lanes merge into two – to just west of Brown Road. Additionally, new traffic signals are being installed at Lake City Avenue.
Crews are currently working on traffic signals and curb and gutter work before the scheduled opening in the coming months.
Another project in Lake City, the resurfacing of Baya Drive from U.S. 90 to U.S. 90, is also scheduled for completion in the coming months. The $4.9 million began earlier this year and crews have just recently started adding the final layer of asphalt to the project.