Road Closure for Railroad Crossing Repair On Hwy 17 in Palatka | News

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Road Closure for Railroad Crossing Repair On Hwy 17 in Palatka
Road Closure for Railroad Crossing Repair On Hwy 17 in Palatka

Starting today, Monday September 19, 2011, Highway 17 or Reid Street in Palatka will be closed between 11th Street and 13th Street, until September 30th, 2011. Traffic on this busy 4 lane highway will be detoured during the railroad crossing construction.

Westbound traffic will be diverted to 11th Street, to Madison Street, and back to Reid Street/Hwy 17.

Eastbound traffic will be diverted to Crill Ave./Hwy 20. St. John’s Ave. will also be an option.

There will be civilian volunteers and officers directing traffic through the detours to help commuters. There will be congestion as these roads are narrow and will be busy, and are traveled by tractor trailers and heavy rush hour traffic throughout the day so expect delays.

It has been more than 10 years since a main road of this significance has been closed to thru traffic in Palatka so complaints and frustrations are anticipated. Local businesses in this area are expecting the road closure to have a negative impact on them in the already struggling economy.

The sidewalks will also be closed so pedestrians are advised to take 11th Street to St, John’s Ave. to 13th Street. Locals and travelers will be impacted by delays due to this road closure and detour, and are urges to proceed with extra caution in these conditions.

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