LAKE CITY – A $9 million resurfacing project on I-10 in Suwannee County began Sunday night and will take about seven months to complete, according to the Florida DOT.
The 9-mile section is between US 129 (Exit 283) north of Live Oak and US 90 (Exit 275). Plans are to begin removing the top layer of asphalt on the westbound lanes (starting at US 129) with new asphalt placed during daytime hours. Work will proceed throughout the week stopping on Friday mornings at 6 a.m. and resuming Sunday nights at 9 p.m. No work is allowed to occur Friday through Sunday due to the increased traffic on the interstates.
Two miles in only one direction will be closed at a time and the speed limit will be reduced from 70 to 60 mph when lane closures occur.
FHP will be patrolling the construction work zones. Speeding fines in a work zone are doubled when workers are present.
Once the crews reach the western end of the project at US 90, they will head east using the same pattern of removing asphalt at night and repaving in the daytime.
The project will also include replacing guardrails at the US 90 and US 129 overpasses and resurfacing the interchange areas. No lane closures on US 90 or US 129 will be allowed between 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. to minimize inconvenience to residents and students headed to work or school.
APAC-Southeast Inc., of Jacksonville has been hired by the FDOT to do the work.
Another section of I-10 is being resurfaced is in the Columbia County area between the Suwannee/Columbia County line (just west of I-75) and US 441 (Exit 303). This 9.5-mile long project includes the resurfacing of the I-75 interchange ramps which will be closed overnight at various times.
Anderson Columbia Co. of Lake City is under contract to the FDOT to complete this $11.4 million project in about eight months.