By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
July 17, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Crews began roadwork and storm water improvements along Pensacola Street near Varsity Drive on Monday.
The construction is intended to alleviate flooding along Pensacola Street near Doak Campbell Stadium. It's an area that is prone to overflow during heavy rain periods, specifically, into the various parking lots along the street.
"It's terrible, it's basically like a swimming pool," said Erica Pender, Supervisor at Garnet and Gold.
The store's parking lot typically floods during heavy rain, forcing the store to move outdoor racks inside. The running water also leaves dirt and debris behind in the parking lot, and makes parking difficult for shoppers.
"They have to park on the side or try to park across the street for a little while and we hope that no one else gets upset with us," said Pender.
Crews will be adding an upgraded pipe below the road to increase water capacity. They'll also be adding several drainage inlets on the curbs to catch the water.
"We've had some historic problems along Pensacola Street," said Charles Blum, Project Engineer with COT Stormwater Management. "These improvements should address that, keep the water in the road, and capture it."
Construction is expected to last through August, affecting traffic in the area. During the duration of the project, the eastbound lanes of Pensacola Street between Champions Way and Varsity Drive will be closed.
According to the City of Tallahassee, the following roads will also be affected:
For up to the first three days of work, southbound Varsity Drive will be reduced to one lane south of the intersection with Pensacola Street.
As work progresses through the intersection, southbound traffic on Varsity Drive will be detoured west on Pensacola Street, south on Champions Way, and east on St. Augustine Street to reconnect
with Varsity Drive. Westbound traffic on Pensacola Street will be routed straight through the intersection onto the aforementioned detour route. Once crews are done with work on the west side of the intersection,
southbound traffic on Varsity Drive will resume, and both northbound lanes will be closed and detoured at St. Augustine Street. Work in the intersection is expected to take two to three days.
Following work in the intersection and for the remainder of the project, westbound Pensacola Street will be reduced to one travel lane from Woodward Avenue to Varsity Drive. The bike lane will remain open.
Crews are urging drivers to be aware of the construction and changing detours.
"We're going to have some periodic lane closures, so that'll be something for them to keep an eye on. They need to watch the signs because the signage and the closures will move as the work progresses," said Blum.