The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is widening NE 36th Avenue in Ocala from two to four lanes between NE 20th Place to north of NE 25th Street. The project also calls for construction of bridges over the CSX railroad crossing and a new access road. Work will also include: clearing land, realigning NE 24th and NE 25th streets, ponds, new turn lanes at multiple locations, bicycle lanes, sidewalks, 20-foot-wide grassed medians and concrete medians near the bridges, drainage, lighting and signalization improvements, various pedestrian features to comply with the current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, and updated signage and pavement markings.
Lane closures and detours can be expected. Work is planned to start on Monday, September 23. Work activities will begin with land clearing and utility relocations.
Thursday, October 10th, 2019 to Saturday, December 14th, 2019
Work is dependent on weather, or other unforeseen circumstances.
12/11 Update: New detour end date of Friday, Dec. 13.
Monday, Oct. 21 - Friday, Dec. 13, 21st Street Detour East of NE 36th Avenue: Motorists that drive NE 21St Street in the area of NE 36th Avenue are being alerted to a change in traffic pattern that will take effect in the early morning hours of Monday, Oct. 21, and last through the early morning hours of Friday, Dec. 13. During this time, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will close the east side of NE 21st Street at the NE 36th Avenue intersection. The short section of road will remain closed continuously, day and night, for utility companies to move their above and underground equipment, including water pipes. Please also be aware that work schedules can change due to weather, or other unforeseen circumstances.
Access to residential properties along this section of road will be maintained, which could include flagging crews. Electronic message boards and other signage will help direct other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians around work. Posted detours are as follows:
- Drivers on NE 21st Street east of NE 36th Avenue heading westbound and want to continue on NE 21st Street will be detoured left at NE 39th Avenue heading southbound to NE 14th Street (State Road (S.R.) 492) where you will turn right, and then turn right onto northbound NE 36th Avenue, where you can turn left onto NE 21st Street.
- Drivers on NE 21st Street east of NE 36th Avenue heading westbound and want to take northbound 36th Avenue will turn left onto southbound NE 39th Avenue, turn right onto westbound NE 14th Street, and turn right onto NE 36th Avenue, where you will be able to continue traveling northbound.
- Drivers on northbound NE 36th Avenue that want to access the portion of NE 21st Street east of NE 36th Avenue will have to turn left onto westbound NE 21st Street, turn left onto eastbound NE 14th Street, and continue past NE 36th Avenue to turn left onto northbound NE 39th Avenue, which will take you back to NE 21st Street.
- Drivers on southbound NE 36th Avenue that want to access the portion of NE 21st Street east of NE 36th Avenue will continue past NE 21st Street, turn left onto eastbound NE 14th Street, and turn left onto northbound NE 39th Avenue, which will take you back to NE 21st Street.