Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from Orange Avenue to International Speedway Boulevard has reopened after getting a final paving.
Decorative sidewalks and streetlight poles have been installed, and all underground utilities have been replaced, which had some of the oldest infrastructure in the city. In the coming weeks, crews will complete the decorative sidewalks after the wooden poles are removed, and the roadway will have its final striping.
Features include 23 on-street parking spaces, a new asphalt roadway, which has a 20-year design life, a lifespan for new underground utilities good for 50 years, and new LED streetlights, which are brighter and energy efficient. Also, the ADA compliant sidewalks are eight-feet wide, with curb ramps and crosswalks, also ADA compliant. Reclaimed water services are extended to all properties and water services and city sewer laterals were replaced. All vacant parcels now have utility services, which makes them more attractive for economic development.
“It’s a continuation on our emphasis on rebuilding the infrastructure in the core of the city,” Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry said. “I’m excited about it (although) it still has a few kinks to iron out. It’s a fantastic renovation. It just speaks to our commitment to revitalizing Midtown.”
In the first published project update Aug. 8, 2019, it was stated the $2.67 million project would improve roadway and pedestrian safety. At that time construction crews began staging large equipment and placing barricades at the Magnolia Avenue intersection to signify the start of the safety and aesthetic improvements on the .3-mile stretch of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. from Orange Avenue to International Speedway Boulevard.
The project will “completely reconstruct the road’s surface, update underground utilities, widen sidewalks, install decorative lighting features and landscaping and add on-street parking on the east side of the roadway.
“The streetscape project began at the Magnolia Avenue intersection because the underground pipes are deepest in that area. The intersection was completely closed north/south and east/west. Local traffic was permitted from Orange Avenue north to the work zone and from ISB south to the work zone. All through traffic was routed around the area via Orange Avenue, Seagrave Street, Lockhart Street and ISB. Pedestrian access was maintained to the businesses within the work zone.”
The project was done in three phases with Phase 1 expected to take less than one month to complete. However, once work began, with the area having some of the oldest infrastructure in the city, a reinforced concrete cylinder reuse pipe, possibly 100 years old, was found when they began work to unearth the piping system that will be replaced at the intersection. The removal of this pipe caused a delay in the project as well as the ongoing rain that occurred in October last year. There also was a redesign of the project that caused a delay with Phase One
Phase 2 consisted of work on the section from Orange Ave. to Magnolia. The final Phase 3 involved work from International Speedway Boulevard to Magnolia Boulevard.