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Corridor Study for a Possible Southwest 62nd Boulevard Connector

(Archer Rd / SR24 to Newberry Rd / SR26)

Background: Over the past years, this area has experienced rapid growth, in part due to increasing numbers of University of Florida students moving into new apartment complexes along SW 24th Avenue and SW 62nd Boulevard. Numerous groups have discussed the best way to handle the increased vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic that has resulted, while still protecting the ecological quality of the area.

Description: This project is being performed for the Alachua County Department of Public Works in conjunction with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and consists of a Corridor Study and Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study. The study will:

• identify needs
• evaluate alternatives
• make recommendations for improvements to local roadways to ease congestion on I-75 and improve traffic circulation east of I-75 between SR 24 and SR 26 west of the University of Florida

Alternatives: Alternatives being considered may include:
• transportation systems management strategies
• multimodel alternatives, such as bicycle, pedestrian and transit enhancements
• improvements to existing roadways
• construction of new roadways
• the potential for realigning existing roadways to create a new connector

Because of the significance of the University of Florida to the study area, alternatives such as bicycles, pedestrians, and transit will be considered to meet the needs of the large student population in the area.

Schedule: This project is being performed in two phases. The corridor study will assess alternatives for improvement and recommend a preferred alternative corridor. The PD&E phase will include more detailed engineering and analysis. The corridor study is anticipated to be complete by March 2008. The PD&E Study is scheduled for completion before June 2009.

Funding: On August 10, 2005, President George W. Bush signed the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). This legislation included a specific item for the funding of this project for $6.5 million. This funding is not anticipated to be sufficient to fund the construction of the connector from SR 24 to SR 26. No additional funding is identified at this time.

Visit the project at the County’s website:
http://www.co.alachua.fl.us/government/depts/pw/blvd62/presentations.aspx

For additional information contact:
Jennifer Spagnoli, P.E.
Alachua County Department of Public Works
(352) 374-5245
jspagnoli@AlachuaCounty.US.


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