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Construction set to begin on Georgia Avenue streetscape

Construction is set to begin in January on a plan to transform Georgia Avenue in Downtown DeLand.

February 15, 2018

(DeLand, FL) – Construction is set to begin in January on a plan to transform Georgia Avenue in Downtown DeLand.

In August 2017, the City Commission awarded a contract to Gomez Construction Company to construct the Georgia Avenue Streetscape. This project includes removal and replacement of the Georgia Avenue roadway and sidewalks, drainage improvements, removable bollards and limited landscaping.

The contractor plans to begin delivery of materials and equipment to a staging area located on the southeast corner of Howry and Clara Avenues and the City Hall parking lot during the first week of January. Construction activities in the Florida/Georgia Avenue intersection will begin during the week of January 15, 2018.

New streetlights with decorative poles will be provided by Duke Energy and trash receptacles will be added by the City upon completion of the project. The new roadway will be surfaced with concrete pavers. Sidewalks will be constructed of concrete with decorative paver bands.

The work will be constructed in phases. During the first phase, a new stormwater pipeline will be constructed from the west side of Florida Ave., running eastward to a point about two thirds of the way up Georgia Avenue toward Woodland Boulevard. New drainage inlets will be installed. During that phase, Florida Avenue will be closed at the Georgia Avenue intersection for about two days. Detour signage and barricades will be provided. Pipeline installation in Georgia Avenue will take several additional weeks. Georgia Avenue will be partially closed with traffic directed one way (westbound) only. Local access will be provided as necessary. Pipe excavation will be backfilled nightly.

During a second phase of work, sidewalks and remaining pavement on the north half of Georgia Avenue will be removed and reconstructed. During the first phase, essential vehicular traffic will be allowed to travel westbound only. Pedestrian access to businesses will be maintained on the south side of the street with temporary crossings to businesses on the north side.

Work on the south half of the street will follow during the third phase. During the third phase, essential vehicular traffic will be allowed to travel westbound only and pedestrian access to business will be maintained on the north side of the street. Following the third phase, most construction will be complete except for installation of the final base course and pavers. These items will be constructed during the relatively short fourth phase.

Overall construction time is expected to be 90-120 days. During construction, the City’s project representative, will be on site part of each workday to answer questions and to resolve problems. Periodic inspections will be provided by CPH Engineering Inc., who also serves as the project designer.

Questions should be directed to Keith Riger, P.E., City of DeLand Public Services Director 386-626-7197 or rigerk@deland.org.

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