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DOT presents plans to widen S.R. 21 in Clay, S.R. 20 in Putnam

Also budgets improvements to Keystone Airport

BY DAN HILDEBRAN

Monitor Editor

Florida Department of Transportation officials presented their five-year tentative work plan for northeast Florida at a public meeting in Jacksonville on Dec. 9.

The road agency highlighted the widening of S.R. 21 from Orange Park to Middleburg and continued right of way acquisition for the First Coast Expressway in Clay County.

DOT has budgeted almost $154 million over the next five years to acquire 17 miles of right of way for the expressway between S.R. 21 and U.S 17.

It also plans to begin construction on a widening project for S.R 21 from four to six lanes between Old Jennings Road and Branan Field Road in 2015.  In 2018 it plans to expand the Black Creek Bridge in Middleburg from four to six lanes and in 2019, it will start widening the highway from C.R. 218 in Middleburg to Allen Murray Road.

Other upcoming Clay County projects include resurfacing, lighting and landscaping projects along U.S. 17 in 2016 and 2017, landscaping and traffic signal updates on Kingsley Avenue in 2016 and 2017, paving road shoulders on C.R. 218 from U.S. 301 to S.R. 16 in 2017, resurfacing S.R. 16 from S.R. 230 to S.R. 21 in 2017 and resurfacing U.S. 301 from the Bradford County line to Duval County.

Officials said they are also planning a $32 million rigid pavement rehabilitation test facility along U.S. 301 in Clay County in 2015 and 2016.  DOT will use the facility to test different road surfaces and will at times divert traffic from 301 onto the test roads to evaluate different surfaces.  A DOT official said the agency chose the Clay County location because of the highway’s heavy truck traffic and its proximity to DOT’s materials office in Gainesville.

DOT has also budgeted several projects for the Keystone Heights Airport, including upgrades to the facility’s access road on S.R. 100, construction of hangers, rehabilitation of a runway, construction of a new terminal and rehabilitating a concrete apron.

In Putnam County, officials said they plan to complete the widening of S.R. 20 from two to four lanes in 2019.  The highway is now four lanes from Palatka to Interlachen and two lanes from Interlachen to the Alachua County line.

DOT also plans to update traffic control devices on S.R. 100 at Putnam Hall in 2018.

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