Construction starts this week on the first of two widening and reconstruction projects on US 192 in St. Cloud that combined total $54 million.
The Florida Department of Transportation had divided the US 192 projects into two segments. Kissimmee-based Jr Davis Construction Co. was the low bidder and was awarded both contracts.
The 3-mile eastern segment from Eastern Avenue to Nova Road includes drainage improvements, signing and pavement markings, milling and resurfacing and shoulder pavement. The contract length is 750 days.
The 4-mile western segment extending from Aeronautical Drive to Budinger Avenue comes in at $38 million and involves converting the existing 4-lane rural highway into 6-lane urban highway. The new lanes will be built in the existing center median, and drainage ditches will be replaced with an underground stormwater lines.
The urban design also requires more sidewalks, bike lanes and pedestrian crossings than rural highways. Construction on this segment is slated for either December or January and should run through 2018.
St. Cloud Economic Development Coordinator Ted Garrod said the highway project will be a major enhancement as it bisects the heart of the city and its redevelopment district.
The city's Communty Redevelopment Agency will be allocating some of its budget over the next two years to install decorative streetlights along the corridor in lieu of the standard "cobrahead" light pole.
FDOT Spokeswoman Jennifer Horton said lane closures would be permitted only between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Construction will be permitted during the daytime as long as no lane closures are needed, she said.
Another FDOT widening project in Kissimmee is also scheduled to start this week. Masci Construction will begin work on the $12 million widening and reconstruction of John Young Parkway from Portage Street to Vine Street.
This project includes the widening of John Young Parkway from four lanes to six lanes. Work also includes drainage improvements, curb and gutter installation, sidewalk milling and resurfacing, pavement marking, and signing and signalization at the US 17/92 intersection.