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NE Eighth Avenue Road Diet Project Community Meeting - Wednesday, March 14

Post Date:03/09/2018 4:52 PM

OCALA, Fla. (March 9, 2018) – In preparation for the NE Eighth Avenue Road Diet Project expected to begin in April 2018, the City of Ocala will host a community meeting Wednesday, March 14 at 6 p.m. at Ocala Union Station located at 531 NW First Ave.

This project will include microsurfacing and restriping of NE Eighth Avenue from E Silver Springs Boulevard to NE Bonnie Heath Boulevard. According to City staff, the microsurfacing will extend the life of the asphalt and the restriping will allow for safer traffic routes for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers.

The city hosted two community meetings in early January and received comments from the public that prompted the City’s Engineer’s Office to redesign certain elements of the project. City staff will be presenting the revised project designs to the community at this meeting to gain additional input and feedback.

“Input from these community meetings will help determine the long-term, future design of NE Eighth Avenue,” said David Boston, Senior Planner, City of Ocala. ““When this segment of NE Eighth Avenue was widened in the 1980s, it was designed to accommodate about 29,000 vehicular trips per day. Over the past 30 years, traffic on this road has averaged approximately 8,000 vehicular trips per day. This creates an unsafe condition on the roadway, and the road widening had a negative impact on the neighborhoods to the east. The community-driven Ocala 2035 Vision recommends using road diets in cases like this to reduce the number of travel lanes, prevent speeding, mend the fabric of divided neighborhoods and to make roads more accessible for bicyclists and pedestrians.”

Local impacts of this project, including road closures, will be announced in the near future as details are finalized. This project is expected to begin in April and conclude by May 2018.  

To RSVP, or for more information, please contact Peggy Cash at 352-629-8287 or pcash@ocalafl.org