Tue, March 08, 2016
County Road 545 (Avalon Road) will be closed March 18 - March 27, 2016 between Egret Hammock Drive and 940 Avalon Road (Knox Nursery). This closure is needed to install a temporary bypass necessary to complete a pipe replacement project beneath the section of the road where Johns Lake and Black Lake connect.
The Orange County Highway Construction Division is in the process of constructing a $1.4 million project to remove and replace existing corrugated metal pipes (cmp's) with double box culverts, complete pavement reconstruction, and installation of curb and gutter.
As a required part of this project, the contractor recently initiated installation of a bypass system utilizing a 30-inch pipe. However, due to the unusually wet winter and elevated lake levels, a larger by-pass system is required. The larger by-pass system will consist of four 60-inch pipes to mimic the existing flows. The 10-day road closure is needed for installation of these pipes.
"As someone who regularly uses CR 545, I recognize what an inconvenience this closure will be to the motoring public. However, it is necessary to accomplish the mission, and it's the safest and most fiscally responsible approach," said Orange County Commissioner S. Scott Boyd, who represents District 1.
During the road closure, traffic will be detoured as follows:
The box culvert installation project is anticipated to be completed this summer. There is the possibility of a road closure at that time to remove the pipes, but that closure is predicted to last only a few days.
About Orange County Commissioner S. Scott Boyd
Orange County Commissioner S. Scott Boyd was elected to the Board of County Commissioners, District 1 seat, in November 2008. He currently serves as Chairman of MetroPlan Orlando, Vice-Chairman of the Central Florida Expressway Authority and Vice Chair of the West Orange/South Lake Transportation and Economic Development Task Force. He is a Board Member of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce and the Four Corners Area Council and is a member of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council. He is a sixth generation native to Orange County who attended our public school system and graduated from Florida State University. Connect with Commissioner Boyd on Facebook.