New Bridge Coming For Orange Avenue

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By: Matt Galka
October 24, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Thousands of cars drive over the bridge over St. Marks Trail on Orange Avenue in Tallahassee every day. But about six months ago, the Florida Department of Transportation found some structural deterioration. Now, it's time for a new one.

"It was built in 1949, it's about reached its life span. we want to make sure we have a new structure in place that will last a long time," said Ian Satter of the Florida Department of Transportation.

Construction is supposed to begin after school ends in 2014 and the hope is that it's completed in 70 days. During that time, the roadway and St. Marks Trail will be closed.

Leon County commissioner Bill Proctor, who serves residents of Tallahassee's south side, showed up at F.D.O.T.'s public meeting on the project. He said that the Bridge replacement was great, but there's another problem down the street.

"What we need is a resurfacing done right immediately on Orange Avenue and South Adams Street," said Proctor.

Proctor says trucks are tearing up the pavement in the commercial area. It's supposed to be resurfaced after the bridge is completed.

"You know if you had a tooth ache, you're not waiting for a comprehensive plan from the doctor, if you had a tooth ache you'd need an immediate relief or a temporary filling or something. We need an immediate temporary fill," said Proctor.

Representatives of the Florida Department of Transportation said they'd take Proctor's request back to the Secretary of F.D.O.T.

Press Release: Florida Department of Transportation

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will host a public meeting concerning the replacement of the State Road (S.R.) 373 (Orange Avenue) Bridge over the St. Marks Bike Trail in Tallahassee. The public meeting will be held Thursday, Oct. 24 from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. EDT, at the Bethel A.M.E. Church, 501 West Orange Avenue, Tallahassee.

In addition to the replacement of the bridge, the roadway approaching each end of the bridge will be reconstructed and include drainage improvements, bike lanes and new sidewalk along the south side of S.R. 373. During construction, S.R. 373 and the St. Marks Trail will be closed to traffic. Construction is scheduled to begin summer 2014.

There will not be a formal presentation; however, representatives from FDOT will be available to discuss the project and answer questions. Maps and display depicting the projects and the proposed detour route for both S.R. 373 and the St. Marks Trail will be available for public view at the meeting.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons who require special accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Eric Saggars, P.E. at (850) 415-9010, at least seven days prior to the meeting. For more Florida Department of Transportation District Three information follow us on twitter @MyFDOT_NWFL.

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