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The weekend of Sept. 28-29 brings a popular big event, as DeLand’s busy season gets underway, and closure of the main road through town.

Woodland Boulevard will close at 5 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, to make way for the DeLand Craft and Quilt Show. The road will stay closed until about 8 p.m. Sunday.

New York Avenue will also be closed from Florida to Alabama avenues beginning at 6 a.m. Saturday. New York Avenue will reopen Saturday evening at 7 p.m., but will close again for the day at 8 a.m. Sunday.

All roadways affected by the Craft Show are expected to reopen by 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30.

Also during the weekend of Sept. 28-30, construction work will start at the intersection of Plymouth Avenue and Woodland Boulevard. Plymouth Avenue will be closed to traffic at that intersection through the weekend, but Woodland Boulevard will remain open.

Construction at that intersection is expected to continue Oct. 5-7 and Oct. 10-12.

The concrete pad at the intersection will be replaced.

The Plymouth Avenue intersection project is part of a larger project that has had crews working for several weeks along New York Avenue (State Road 44) in DeLand.

For several months, a contractor for the Florida Department of Transportation has been removing and replacing slabs of concrete along State Road 44 between Boundary and Hill avenues.

During the work, the new concrete sections are intentionally left a little bit higher than the existing roadway to make sure they will be level with the roadway upon completion, the FDOT said.

If a new slab ends up lower than the existing roadway, it would have to be replaced again.

The same process will be followed at the Plymouth Avenue intersection. The new concrete pad will be slightly higher, and will be ground down at the end of the job.

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Barb and her husband, Jeff, were both born in Kokomo, Indiana, a factory town surrounded by cornfields about 50 miles north of Indianapolis. In 1979, they set out on a road trip that would define their lives, and would end with their taking up residence in DeLand. After working at the DeLand Sun News and the Orlando Sentinel 1979-92, Barb helped found The Beacon, and was appointed publisher and CEO in 2013. Since late 2004, Barb has also managed Conrad Realty Co.’s historic property in Downtown DeLand, where The Beacon is an anchor tenant.


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