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Saturday, May 18, 2024

City holds ceremony for completion of Second Avenue construction

Gainesville City Manager Russ Blackburn said Southwest Second Avenue is the best example of what our community should look and feel like.

The city worked on the road for more than two years, creating brick roundabouts, pedestrian walkways and new landscaping.

The ceremony for the completion of the Second Avenue Corridor Enhancement Project was held Thursday at the roundabout on Southwest Second Avenue and Southwest 10th Street.

Two roundabouts were built on both Southwest 10th and Southwest 12th Streets to help control traffic.

"Southwest Second Avenue is a critical corridor that connects UF to downtown," Blackburn said.

The project cost slightly less than ,3.4 million, according to a press release.

Some of the contributors included the City of Gainesville, the Community Redevelopment Agency and UF.

The original plan, created in 2002, included resurfacing the roads and was expected to cost ,500,000.

Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan said eventually, the city began to look at it as a community development project, not just a public works project.

The city began to draw up plans for the construction in May 2005, and construction began in March 2007.

Hanrahan said the city wanted construction to be completed early in football season so it would not cause problems with traffic

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