Road Work

The intersection of Big Tree Road and Ridgewood Avenue will get a big makeover in a $1.8 million Florida Department of Transportation project, which also includes Ridgewood and Reed Canal Road, all in South Daytona.

Drivers who use Ridgewood Avenue, or U.S. 1, in South Daytona are about to deal with two new construction zones for the next six months or so.

Expect building to begin this week on a pair of separate road projects, which should create more room for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists once they’re complete, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

FDOT plans to start $1.8 million in improvements at the Big Tree and Reed Canal roads intersections March 19 with Masci Construction of Port Orange serving as the contractor.

FDOT spokeswoman Jessica Ottaviano expects the construction on both intersections to wrap up sometime in late fall.

“Improvements will enhance traffic operations in these areas as well as improve safety across multiple modes of transportation,” Ms. Ottaviano added. “Both projects will require night-time lane closures as well as short-term sidewalk closures and detours.”

Electronic signs will be posted near both intersections to warn drivers of any lane closures, while signs and other traffic control tools will be in place to guide people through the construction zones safely.

“Remember to drive safely through construction zones,” Ottaviano noted. “Avoid distractions and stay alert.”

The main additions will be two new right turn lanes, one which will direct traffic from the southbound side of Ridgewood Avenue west on Reed Canal and the other sending drivers onto south U.S. 1 from the eastbound side of Big Tree.

A left turn lane to send vehicles north on Ridgewood will also be created for the westbound lanes of Reed Canal, while the current left turn lane sending traffic onto Sandy Circle from U.S. 1 north will be widened and made longer.

Another left turn lane will also be built on the eastbound side of Reed Canal at the entrance to Bristol Bay Condominiums.

New mast arms for traffic signals will be installed at the Reed Canal intersection as part of this project, along with bicycle lanes and various improvements to the sidewalk, drainage, signs, road markings and pavement in that area.

Construction workers will also improve the curb ramps and drainage at Big Tree and widen the right turn lane, which sends traffic from southbound U.S. 1 to the westbound lanes of Big Tree. The intersection will also be widened to accommodate that lane widening and the new turn lane from Big Tree east to U.S. 1 south.

All work should be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 once complete.

A public meeting to get comments on this project was conducted by FDOT in April 2012 at Piggotte Community Center.

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