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FDOT to begin safety improvements on University Avenue next week

Press release from Florida Department of Transportation

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Transportation is scheduled to begin safety improvements along University Avenue (State Road 26) next week, weather and unforeseen circumstances permitting. The traffic signalization project is designed to improve pedestrian safety and increase mobility on University Avenue through the installation of new traffic signals and crosswalks at the intersections of University Avenue at 16th Street and University Avenue at 19th Street. Other items of construction include improved sidewalk and curb ramps, as well as new highway striping and street signs.

Traffic will be maintained in accordance with FDOT standards. Pedestrians can expect sidewalk closures and pedestrian detours throughout the duration of the project. In order to limit impacts to pedestrians, signs will be installed designating pedestrian detour routes. Drivers can expect continuous, single-lane closures for both directions of University Avenue throughout the duration of the project.

FDOT encourages drivers and pedestrians to obey traffic laws, be alert to construction workers and traffic devices, and to closely follow detour routes and signage within project limits.

FDOT selected American Lighting and Signalization to complete this $1 million project by late 2022, weather and unforeseen circumstances permitting.

FDOT asks motorists to always obey the posted speed limit, do not drive distracted, never drive impaired, and always buckle up! Let’s get everyone home. Learn more about Florida’s statewide initiative to reduce transportation-related crashes by visiting TargetZeroFL.com.

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  • Meanwhile….
    53rd Ave (entire road) is horrible.
    34st should be minimum of 3 lanes if not 4 from university Ave to 441.
    The timing of lights in Gainesville sucks, traffic does flow it sits at every light and creates large packs of cars which inspires road rage and accidents.

    Worst traffic engineering/road maintenance I have ever seen.

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