By Kelli Jo Hull
For Hometown News
Port Orange travelers are in for traffic hassles on the city's primary thoroughfare when the state's Department of Transportation begins repaving Dunlawton Avenue.
The project, slated to begin in mid-September, will encompass the west end of Dunlawton from Nova Road to the Interstate 95 interchange. That section of Dunlawton has not been repaved, although it was widened to six lanes in 1994.
According to FDOT Public Information Specialist Jessica Keane, "The roadway is being resurfaced to remove deteriorated pavement, to restripe the roadway to add bicycle lanes and to improve pedestrian features along the corridor."
The road construction will be done at night, although sidewalk and work on issues outside of the lanes will be done during the day.
Lane closures will have the greatest impact on evening and early morning travel. The contractor may close a single lane between 7 p.m. and 7:30 a.m., and may close two lanes between 10 p.m. and 6:30 a.m., according to Ms. Keane.
Completion of the repaving is anticipated for spring of 2015. The DOT has no plans to repave any other parts of Dunlawton at this time, Ms. Keane said.
FDOT works with the city in the planning stages of these project types with regard to irrigation and possible median issues, Port Orange Assistant Director of Public Works Mike Silva said. Aside from that, since Dunlawton is a state road, the project will be handled entirely by the state's contractor, P&S Paving.
Mr. Silva echoed concerns from area residents and business owners.
"This is going to cause a lot of delays. Especially with the advent of the no U-turn signs and increased population as winter residents return to the area," he said.
Any area travelers' concerns will be referred to the state DOT for resolution, Mr. Silva said.