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Revised – Route 26 Project Update

Written on: July 18th, 2014 in Route 26

After careful review of the Transportation Management Plan that was developed as part of the SR 26 Mainline Project to assist in identifying the impacts of the construction of the SR 26 Mainline Project to the community and the traveling public, the Construction Management Team has decided to implement the following change to the lane closure restriction schedule. This change to the allowable lane closure schedule was made in an effort to minimize impacts to the community and the traveling public.

Since the implementation of night time lane closures on May 21, 2014, Construction Inspection staff have been closely monitoring traffic delays, specifically traffic queues and wait times during flagging operations immediately after setting up the lane closures.  On numerous occasions throughout the first half of the “on-peak” season, traffic queues with clearance times in excess of one hour have been observed.  In addition to the observations made by the Construction Inspection staff, the SR 26 Mainline  Construction Management Team has received concerns from both area businesses and residents.

Beginning Monday, July 21, 2014, the start of night time lane closures will be pushed back one full hour.  Construction crews will be permitted to close lanes of SR 26  each night from 8:00 PM to 07:00 AM, Monday through Friday morning.