Homestead Road Widening Project expected to be completed spring 2020
An ending date is in the near future for the Homestead Road Widening Project, which is currently causing some traffic delays between Homestead Road and Alabama Road.
“It began because it was important to add more infrastructure for the community. There are a lot of people coming to the area, an increase in population. We have to meet those demands,” Cella Molnar & Associates Inc. spokesperson Lisa Macias said.
She explained that the project took a two-lane undivided highway to a four-lane divided highway with constructed sidewalks, improved lighting at the intersection, as well as the installation of some additional signalization improvements.
Macias said they have an approximate completion date set for the spring of 2020. The estimated budget for the project was $13.6 million.
“We are pretty much coming down to the end of it right now,” she said. “That’s where you are seeing the closure and detours. It’s a tight area and space is minimal.”
Macias said drivers should expect to see detours until at least January because there is a lot of work taking place. She asks that drivers take alternative routes when they can to avoid that construction area.
“With school in session, and we are approaching season, there is an increase in motorists and traffic. We are working really hard to complete it for the community,” she said. “We appreciate their patience. It will be a positive improvement for the community.”
The project began in March 2017 to widen Homestead Road to four lanes from south of Sunrise Boulevard to north of Alabama Road, as well as adding lighting, sidewalks and drainage.
The Homestead Road Widening Project design includes a four-lane divided highway, with two 11-foot travel lanes going in each direction. The design also includes Pinewood Boulevard to north of Alabama Road, which includes a five-lane highway with two 11-foot travel lanes in each direction. Along this roadway there is also a 12-foot directional center turn lane. The widening project also includes 4 foot on-road bicycle lanes. A six-foot sidewalk will also grace both sides of the roadway.
Macias said they are currently building road on the south end of the project. She said they are also going from temporary signals to permanent signals with lighting.
There will be greater traffic capacity, Macias said, as well sidewalks for pedestrians for safety.