East Park Set to Close

A major Tallahassee road project is moving into its final stages and could be completed much sooner than first anticipated, but getting it all finished will mean a lot of rush hour headaches for thousands of motorists.

The $15.7 million East Park Avenue improvement project has finally hit the final stage before completion.

Steve Shafer, COT Construction Program Engineer, says, "We are getting to the point where we are going to start building out the road about four feet. After that we're going to have to close the road for about six months."

That six months starts Monday, February 7 at 9 a.m. and will last until about July.

Brian Patterson, who lives off of East Park Avenue, says, "At the end it's going to be nice because they're going to four-lane it, but right now it's just an inconvenience."

The alternative routes will be to take Blair Stone Road to either Apalachee Parkway or Mahan, and even if you don't use park avenue to get around.

Steve Shafer adds, "Folks can expect to see some congestion on the roads we're using for the detour."

The city says it understands the inconvenience the road closure will cause and is asking all drivers to be patient. The city also promises that when East Park Avenue is improved to four lanes, complete with bike lanes and sidewalks, it will be worth the wait.

The city says that closing the road is a necessity for safety reasons and it will help get the project done about four months ahead of schedule.