ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Public Works Department is pleased to announce the completion of the SW 24th Avenue Project. The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 12, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the roundabout on the corner of SW 24th Avenue and SW 38th Terrace. Speakers will include Alachua County Manager Randall H. Reid, Alachua County Commission Chairman Rodney J. Long, and Public Works Assistant Director David Cerlanek.
SW 24th Avenue is a 1 mile east-west route between SW 34th Street and SW 43rd Street. A major portion of the roadway, 0.8 miles, was an unpaved limestone road and required continual maintenance. The SW 24th Avenue project included paving a two lane divided roadway with drainage improvements, landscape medians, bike lanes, sidewalks, decorative crosswalks, street lighting, a roundabout at SW 38th Terrace, a mast arm signal at SW 43rd Street and relocation of overhead utilities below ground.
In 1997 a group of Alachua County Citizens participated in the 20th Avenue Charrette and recommended the construction of a paved two-lane road along SW 24th Avenue from SW 43rd Street to SW 34th Street. The Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization endorsed the project as part of their Transportation Improvement Program in 1999. The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners supported the project and design of SW 24th Avenue began in 1999 and, after numerous modifications, was completed in 2006.
In addition to SW 24th Avenue, SW 38th Terrace was realigned, widened and paved to a two lane undivided roadway with a 12-foot-wide multi-use path. SW 20th Avenue was widened to accommodate a turn lane to SW 38th Terrace and included drainage improvements.
The cost to construct the project was $7,562,070.75. Construction began on April 2, 2007 and was substantially complete on July 31, 2008. The project was completed with minimal delays and under budget.
The project was funded by Campus Development Agreement, a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Incentive Grant, Gas Taxes, and unused Debt Service Funds.
If any accommodations are needed for persons with disabilities, please contact the Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 or 352-374-5284 TDD.
For more information, please contact the Alachua County Public Works Department at 352-374-5245.