Central Florida - Construction on the Central Florida Commuter Rail Corridor this weekend is going to affect boats, trains and vehicles as crews perform important maintenance in a couple areas, including work on the railroad bridge that spans the St. Johns River at the Seminole County-Volusia County line.
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is closing the St. Johns River to all marine traffic under the Central Florida Commuter Rail Corridor bridge near US 17/92, located at the west end of Lake Monroe. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is making needed repairs and upgrades to the bridge. For safety reasons, boats are not allowed to pass under, while work is underway. During the past few weeks, the SunRail team visited local marinas, and recreational boating-related businesses to get the word out. The bridge work begins Friday, September 28 at 9 p.m. and continues until Monday, October 1 at 3 a.m.
During this 54-hour Rail Curfew, no trains are using the northern part of the corridor. Amtrak and CSX freight trains are rerouted. For more information, please contact Amtrak or CSX.
The 54-hour Rail Curfew also gives construction crews a unique opportunity to do grade crossing repairs and upgrades, elsewhere, without interruption. As a result, railroad crossings are closing at East Packwood Avenue, Maitland Avenue and West Ventris Avenue in the City of Maitland. The work is also continuing an extra day, until 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 2. Detours are in place for drivers to follow. Motorists are urged to use caution and due care.
SunRail is a 61.5-mile commuter rail transit project currently under construction in Central Florida. The 32-mile first phase of SunRail serves 12 stations and links DeBary to Sand Lake Road, south of Orlando. Service is expected to begin in 2014. Phase II serves five additional stations, north to DeLand and south to Poinciana. For more information, please call FDOT’s Public Information Office at (386) 943-5479 or visit www.sunrail.com.
Rail Right-of-Way/Media Advisory
Entering the rail right-of-way is prohibited. This includes standing on railroad tracks.