Five weeks into a 21-month, $8.6 million project along Clinton Avenue, construction remains on schedule and without snags.
Work is limited to 1.8 miles of the Dade City thoroughfare from 1,000 feet west of Fort King Highway to U.S. 301. It will take nearly two years to complete from start to finish.
Construction on the stretch will widen the road from two lanes to four and add turn lanes, a retention pond to reduce flooding and sidewalks on both sides of the roadway.
"We issued a notice to proceed with the contractor on Sept. 4," said Debbie Bolduc, program administrator for engineering services for Pasco County.
Surveyors began marking the location with flags indicating underground piping locations and using video equipment to prepare for the work on Aug. 30.
The first six months of the project will include relocating private utilities. The final 15 months will be dedicated to installing a new water main and road work.
Traffic will be allowed on Clinton Avenue, but the speed limit will drop from the posted 45 mph to 35 mph.
Because drivers will be allowed on the road during construction, access to businesses, residential properties and churches along the road will be maintained.
The project, which will also add bike lanes and a sodded median, is expected to conclude by mid-May 2014, Bolduc said.
"We have all the right-of-way staked for the project, the clearing is at 7 percent complete and the erosion protection is at 50 percent complete," she said.
The design plan to relocate utilities, which includes those used by Withlacoochee River Electric, TECO People's Gas, CenturyLink telephone and Dade City water, is complete and the moving will start this month.
There will be intermittent lane closures during off-peak hours between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Drivers will be notified when lanes are closed.
"We are planning to do another public information meeting and update with the residents out there and property owners in late January," Bolduc said.
Improvements in that area of Dade City have been happening in phases.
Resurfacing has taken place near the intersection of Clinton Avenue and Prospect Road.
There also has been resurfacing to widen lanes and the shoulders of Clinton between Meigs Lane and Pasadena Road.
Additional upgrades in that area will take place after the work between Fort King Highway and U.S. 301 is complete.
"We're moving along pretty well so far," Bolduc said.