Drivers rejoice. The one-way portion of Gaines St. between Railroad and Woodward will be back to two-way traffic soon.
The City of Tallahassee says that after both directions are paved "two-way traffic is expected to be restored by the end of the month."
"Thank God! Good! Just because I hate that there's accidents happening all the times, so I'm glad they'll open it back to two so it won't be so crazy busy," said driver Courtney Mitchell.
The 500 block of Gaines has both lanes open, but right across the way it's a much different story. It has been a one-way road for months and that has ruffled the feathers of some business owners.
"We were informed that when the construction started last January that it should be done last Fall. Everything that's gone on past that has been very frustrating," said Danny Shrine.
Shrine and his wife own Full Press Apparel on Gaines Street. Their shop is directly affected by the one way traffic and now paving. He says area businesses have taken a hit.
"They should be completed with all the paving Tuesday or Wednesday and they tell us the road would be able to handle traffic. Now they're not going to open it until three weeks beyond that. It's starting to feel like salt in the wounds," said Shrine.
We asked the city why it would take so long to open the road if paving will be completed by the end of this week. Tallahassee's communications responded with the statement:
"Construction on Gaines Street is winding down. Final paving is taking place this week, but there are other outstanding items that also need completed before the road can be reopened. This is often the most challenging part of the construction process because while it may appear that construction is complete, there are still critical items to finish. At the end of this week, City engineers will be walking the project and solidifying the list of outstanding tasks. Several of the outstanding items have technical requirements that dictate when they can be completed. For instance, the striping that drivers will see on the freshly paved north lane this week is not the final striping. It is temporary striping. The asphalt must cure for a specific, minimum number of days before final striping can be completed. If not, the paint fades and has to be redone again and again. When the date for reopening the road to two-way traffic is scheduled, the City will let the public know as soon as possible. We want to remind citizens that the businesses in the area are open and accessible. If you’re heading east, it’s an easy loop from W. St. Augustine St. around Railroad Ave. back onto Gaines Street."
The paving is part of Segment II of the Gaines Street Revitalization project. It had an original completion date of January 2013.
Tallahassee, FL - The construction to make Gaines Street two-lanes should be all wrapped up by the end of the month.
WCTV has a reporter on-scene talking to local businesses and city officials. We'll bring you more on the plans tonight on Eyewitness News.
Press Release: City of Tallahassee
Next week, commuters along Gaines Street will have a slightly smoother drive. On Monday, crews will begin the final layer of asphalt on the north lane of Gaines Street between Railroad and Woodward avenues.
Once this paving is complete, traffic will shift back to its regular position on the north side of the road. This shift is expected to occur Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning.
Gaines Street will remain a one-lane, one-way westbound road between Railroad and Woodward avenues after this shift as crews prepare for final paving of the south lane. Traffic headed eastbound on Gaines Street will continue to be rerouted at Woodward Avenue north to W. St. Augustine Street.
Two-way traffic is expected to be restored by the end of the month. Updates will be sent as construction continues to wind down.
For more information on the Gaines Street project, please visit Talgov.com/Gaines. Information about both the project and happenings in the district are available by liking Gaines Street on Facebook or by following @GainesStreet on Twitter.