Storm-drain cleanout to affect Woodland Blvd. motorists

Project location — This map shows the stretch of Woodland Boulevard that will be affected during a monthslong cleanout of storm drains by a contractor for the Florida Department of Transportation. While there may be temporary lane closures, mostly in the overnight hours, access to businesses and driveways will be maintained for the duration of the project.

IMAGE COURTESY FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Project location — This map shows the stretch of Woodland Boulevard that will be affected during a monthslong cleanout of storm drains by a contractor for the Florida Department of Transportation. While there may be temporary lane closures, mostly in the overnight hours, access to businesses and driveways will be maintained for the duration of the project.

 

Motorists on a busy stretch of Woodland Boulevard will be dodging work crews for several months beginning in early February, state transportation officials said.

Workers from Shen-Line LLC, a contractor for the Florida Department of Transportation, will start cleaning out storm drain pipes between Beresford Avenue on the south end of the project and International Speedway Boulevard on the north end, said FDOT spokeswoman Carolyn Fitzwilliam. The job is budgeted at just over $1 million.

The project entails cleaning dirt and debris from the pipes, installing a liner, and performing video inspections of the structures. The cleanout, last done in 2010, is designed to extend the life of the pipes, Fitzwilliam said.

Most of the work will be done in the overnight hours, starting around 8 p.m. and ending by 6 a.m. The crews generally will work from the south end to the north end, but may jump around a bit on cross drains in the 77-year-old system, said FDOT spokeswoman Jennifer Horton.

“While work is going on, there may be single-lane closures around the equipment,” Fitzwilliam said, adding that some closures could occur during daylight hours in the four-lane stretch north of Plymouth Avenue. “Please note that work will only take place in each area of the roadway for a few days at a time.”

A flag crew will be used when single lanes are closed so that vehicular traffic doesn’t have to be detoured around the work zones. Access to businesses and driveways will be maintained throughout the project, she said.

Since some of the work will take place near sidewalks and bicycle lanes, FDOT is urging pedestrians and cyclists to use caution around the work zone.

The project is scheduled to be finished sometime in June, Fitzwilliam said.

- Joe Crews, joe@beacononlinenews.com

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