Starting on Monday, June 14, Betton Road will close for construction and will remain closed to thru traffic for approximately 10 months.
According to the City of Tallahassee, the primary purpose of the project is to reconstruct the aging road base on Betton Road, which is reaching the end of its service life. The City is using this opportunity to also improve pedestrian safety and upgrade underground utilities, including water, sewer and stormwater drainage. Motorists who typically use Betton Road to travel between Centerville Road and Thomasville Road are directed to use either Seventh Avenue or Raymond Diehl Road as a detour route during this time. Coordination is ongoing with the Betton Hills neighborhood and residents will have access to their homes at all times.
The project will improve pedestrian safety and connectivity on Betton Road, while also creating traffic calming measures between Thomasville Road and Centerville Road. As part of the project, the buffer between the sidewalk and the street will be enhanced by slightly reducing the widths of each travel lane. Additionally, raised medians will be constructed in the center turn lane in select areas that will not impede access to adjacent driveways. The road will also be repaved as part of the project.
To meet the pedestrian safety and connectivity objectives, the mid-block crossing at Trescott Drive will be reconstructed to meet ADA compliance standards. This includes reconstructing ADA ramps at all side street connections and portions of sidewalk that are not currently ADA compliant, installing enhanced pedestrian signage and pavement markings and the evaluation of a new north/south pedestrian crossing between Hickory Avenue and Spruce Avenue. The existing traffic signals at Lee Avenue and Betton Road will also be upgraded as part of the project.
In addition to the roadway enhancements, the Betton Road project will include upgrades to portions of the City’s utility network. The project includes the replacement of aging water and sewer infrastructure on Betton Road from east of Trescott Drive to Centerville Road and from Lee Avenue and Centerville Road. Additional fire hydrants will also be installed to enhance fire safety in the area. aging water and sewer infrastructure on Betton Road from east of Trescott Drive to Centerville Road and from Lee Avenue and Centerville Road. Additional fire hydrants will also be installed to enhance fire safety in the area.
Betton Road Project Questions
When will construction start, and how long will it last?
Construction is scheduled to begin on June 14, 2021. Once underway, construction activities should last about 9 to 12 months.
Will the project impact existing trees along the ditch?
The City is working with an arborist to develop mitigation strategies to preserve as many trees as possible. Because not all impacts can be avoided, some trees may be removed.
Will construction be disruptive to the neighborhood and area businesses?
During construction, it will be necessary to close Betton Road to thru traffic for the duration of the project. While construction of this type can be disruptive, the City will do everything possible to minimize inconveniences to residents and businesses. Construction hours will normally begin after sunrise and end prior to sunset, with no construction allowed on Sundays. Roadway detours will be clearly marked and access to residences and businesses will be maintained.
Who will oversee construction?
The project will be constructed by a private contractor; however, the City will oversee all construction activities and will have a full-time inspector available to address any issues that arise during construction.
Who can I talk with if I have questions or concerns?
Please contact Roger Cain, P.E., City of Tallahassee Underground Utilities and Public Infrastructure Engineering, at 850-891-2869, firstname.lastname@example.org.