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Repaving of Florida Road to begin Wednesday

Motorists can expected 15- to 20-minute delays through July
As part of the repaving of Florida Road, manhole covers will be more level with the asphalt surface, reducing bumps in the road, according to a city official. (Durango Herald file)

A 1.6-mile section of Florida Road in northeast Durango will undergo repaving beginning Wednesday, resulting in 15- to 20-minute delays for drivers using the busy thoroughfare.

Work will occur from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday. Work may also occur on Saturdays and evenings. Construction is expected to run through July.

“The public is encouraged to use alternate routes during construction to avoid delays,” said Levi Lloyd, director of city operations, in an email to The Durango Herald.

Repaving will occur from the Riverview roundabout near Chapman Hill northeast to Ptarmigan Ridge Road, just past East Animas Road (County Road 250).

Florida Road repaving work will begin Wednesday and is expected to be complete by the end of July. (Courtesy of the city of Durango)

The mill and overlay project is the first repaving project for that section of road since its reconstruction in 2010-11, Lloyd said. It is expected to cost $730,000 and is being paid for by a half-cent sales tax voters approved in 2009.

“A very thin layer of the existing asphalt will be removed and a new thin layer of asphalt will be put back,” Lloyd said.

As part of the project, crews will fix the level of manholes and water valves to more closely match the asphalt grade, Lloyd said.

The two-lane road receives an average of 10,604 vehicle trips per day.

“This project will repair the existing oxidized asphalt surface, improve rideability, lessen tire noise and extend the life of the existing pavement,” said Streets Manager Mike Somsen.

For more information, call 375-4839.

shane@durangoherald.com

An earlier version of this story gave an incorrect date of the Florida Road reconstruction. Incorrect information was given to the Herald.

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