Georgia Ave. Streetscape Construction Project Begins In Downtown DeLand

By on January 5, 2018 in WNDB News

DeLand, FL – Major construction and roadway improvements have started on Georgia Avenue in Downtown DeLand.

After receiving a contract with Gomez Construction Company in August 2017, the DeLand City Commission has announced its Georgia Avenue Streetscape project. Crews will soon begin landscaping, removing and replacing the roadway and sidewalks, improving drainage, and installing removable posts.

This week, the contractor plans to move and stage materials to the southeast corner of Howry Ave. and Clara Ave., as well as the City Hall parking lot. During the week of January 15, construction at the intersection of Florida Ave. and Georgia Ave. will begin.

The roadway will be resurfaced with concrete pavers and the sidewalks will be redone with concrete and decorative paver bands. After the project is completed, Duke Energy will supply new streetlights and decorative poles for the area. The City of Deland will be providing new trash receptacles.

The City says that construction will be done in several phases. A new stormwater pipeline and new drainage inlets will be constructed from the west side of Florida Ave. to two-thirds of the way up Georgia Ave., towards Woodland Blvd., during the first phase. During this phase of the project, Florida Ave. will be closed at the Georgia Ave. intersection for approximately two days with detour signage and barricades provided.

Installation of the new pipeline will take several more weeks to finish. Existing pipe excavation will occur nightly and eastbound Georgia Ave. will be closed. Local access to westbound Georgia Ave. will be provided.

The second phase of the project will include paving the sidewalks and repaving the northern half of Georgia Ave. Only essential traffic will be able to drive down westbound Georgia Ave. Pedestrians will be able to access businesses on the south side and temporary crossing to businesses on the north side will be put into place.

The third phase will focus on the south side of Georgia Ave. Traffic will still only be able to travel westbound and pedestrians access to businesses will be maintained on the north side.

After the third phase, only the final base course and pavers need to be completed. The City estimates that this fourth phase will be short. The entire project is expected to take 90 to 120 days to complete.

A City project representative will be on-site for some of each construction day to answer questions and solve issues, should they come up. CPH Engineering Inc., the project designer, will periodically complete inspections on the project.

Copyright Southern Stone Communications 2018.

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