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More bridge work in FDOT plans

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By Lou Elliott Jones

Get used to seeing the repair crew that is working on the No. 4 bridge on State Road 24, because when they finish that project they will be moving down the road to do similar repairs and rehabilitation to the No. 3 Channel bridge. 

That's according to a roadmap of projects from Jordan Green, Florida Department of Transportation District 2 rural area transportation development engineer, who was to present the district's five-year transportation plan to the Levy County Commission at its regular meeting on Tuesday.

Gina Busscher, spokeswoman for the district office in Lake City, said the Channel 3 bridge project is a new element in the plan.

Project plans call for $92,000 to be spent on planning and engineering in the 2014 fiscal year, $2,000 to be spent on planning and engineering in 2015, and $800,000 to be spent on repairs and rehabilitation in 2016. 

The District also kept in its plans two bridge replacements on County Road 456, also known as Gulf Boulevard, which leads to George T. Lewis Airport.

One project, the bridge over Daughtry Bayou had already been announced this year, but the second at Lewis Pass is new to the plan. 

FDOT will spend $476,000 for right-of-way work — obtaining any necessary land and prep work for the Daughtry Bayou bridge in fiscal year 2015 and $2.838 million on the construction of a new bridge in 2017.

Plans for the bridge over Lewis Pass call for $920,000 to be spent on right of way work in 2015 and $1.465 million on construction in 2017. That means residents will only have to be inconvenienced once with construction, instead of two individual projects. 

Lewis Airport is already getting a renovation from the District with $451,000 in capital spending in the 2014 fiscal year for design and overlay of the main runway and turnaround. The five-year plan also calls for $200,000 to be spent in fiscal year 2018 for an aviation safety project and $100,000 to be spent in 2015 on replacement of the rotating beacon and windsock. 

Other new projects for Levy County in the five-year plan include:

• Resurfacing of 2.3 miles of Northwest 110 Avenue, known as Clay Landing Road, in fiscal year 2016,

• Construction of a new taxiway for a runway at Williston Municipal Airport for $250,000 in 2018, and

• Spending on mass transit of $224,000 in fiscal year 2015, $235,000 in 2016, $247,000 in 2017 and $259,000 in 2018.