The section of Ninth Street between Oak Steet and St. Johns Avenue in Palatka will be closed so new drainage and utility lines can be installed.
According to a statement from the state Department of Transportation, the project is underway to improve drainage for the Ninth Street portion of State Road 20 as well as replace city utility lines.
The project is currently in the fourth of five planned stages, and work on the fourth stage is expected to be completed in late August.
Construction workers will install new drain lines, storm drains, sanitary sewer lines, potable water pipes, paving, and curbs and sidewalks for the affected stretch of Ninth Street.
Other ancillary construction work to repair utility lines and driveways and clear the right of way will also be performed, according to the state Department of Transportation.
The city of Palatka requested the state perform the project to improve stormwater drainage along State Road 20 several years ago, Palatka Public Works Director Jonathan Griffith said.
As work began, city officials realized the project would also affect nearby water and sewer lines, Griffith said. Because of that, the city decided to replace the lines.
“It came to our attention that the sanitary sewer line was failing, so DOT and the city got together to figure out how to replace them and get it funded,” Griffith said.
The city has contributed approximately $650,000 toward design and installation of the sewer and drinking water lines, Griffith said. The entire project cost $2 million, according to a state transportation statement.
The fifth and final phase of the project will occur on Ninth Street between St. John’s Avenue and Reid Street.
The state Department of Transportation expects the project to be completed later this year.