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Railroad Crossing Replacements: Temporary road closures and detours

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on February 14, 2018

The long-awaited improvements to the CSX railroad crossings on the Hwy. 50 Bypass and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard are scheduled to take place this month. Construction will require road closures as motorists will not be able to cross the tracks. Electronic message boards and detour signs will be used to assist motorists traveling through the detours. Motorists should anticipate heavier than normal volumes of traffic on all roads during these closures.

Crossing on Highway 50 Bypass

Beginning early Monday morning, February 12, the Florida Department of Transportation’s contractor Cheyenne Associates will begin making improvements to SR 50 (Cortez Boulevard) from C.R. 445 (Main Street) to west of Oxley Road in Hernando County. Construction activities include removing approximately 800 feet of the asphalt roadway on each side of the railroad crossing and replacing with it with concrete, increasing the roadways turning radius onto Main Street and adding sidewalks. In addition, CSX Railroad will install new railroad tracks and signals. This section of roadway is expected to close for approximately 30 days, weather permitting. Through traffic will be detoured around the work zone using US 41 (Broad Street), US 98 (Jefferson Street) and SR 50A. Access to business and residential properties between US 41 (Broad Street) and US 98 (Jefferson Street) and will be maintained. Contact the Department of Transportation at (352) 848-2600 or email [email protected] for more information.

Crossing on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Beginning Tuesday, February 20, CSX Railroad will install new railroad tracks and the Department of Public Works will resurface the approach on both sides of the tracks. The road will be closed to all through traffic in both directions, between S. Main Street and S. Brooksville Avenue. This section of the roadway is expected to close for approximately two days, weathering permitting. During the closure, motorists will be detoured around the work zone using S. Brooksville Avenue, Russell Street and S. Main Street. Contact the Hernando County Department of Public Works at (352) 754-4060 for more information.

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