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Saturday, May 08, 2021

Citywide road closures continue

university and midtown
university and midtown

Seven roads maintained by the City of Gainesville will experience closures throughout the week, for reasons ranging from construction to repaving.

Depot Avenue will experience temporary lane closures between Southeast Seventh Street and Williston Road, according to a Gainesville Public Works Department press release. Roads will be closed as the city prepares for an upcoming construction project that will add a new roundabout and brick sidewalks.

Chip Skinner, the assistant public information officer for the City of Gainesville, wrote in an email that these closures can cause commuting delays and affect businesses and neighborhoods.

“We try to limit the impact to businesses and residents in an area that will be under construction,” Skinner said.

A section of Northwest 14th Street has remained closed while a new sewer is being installed and construction on The Standard at Gainesville continues. Four

blocks away, the development of One College Park Apartments has partially blocked Northwest 18th Street, according to the release.

Skinner said drivers should be aware of possible delays associated with the closures and realize that not every road in Gainesville is maintained by the city.

“We try to maintain access whenever possible,” he said.

Parts of Northwest First and Third Avenue will also be closed for a redevelopment project and repaving, and parts of Northeast Third Avenue and Southeast Sixth Terrace will be closed for paving.

Elinor Garlington, an 18-year-old Santa Fe College health science freshman, drives her car to campus every day, she said. Road closures have caused her to miss class in the past, forcing her to take long detours.

“Traffic always seems to be an issue,” Garlington said. “It would be nice if the construction was spread out instead of all at once.”

Contact Max Chesnes at mchesnes@alligator.org and follow him on Twitter at @chesnesmax

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