Resurfacing, ‘lane diet’ in Citrus Springs creates new bike/pedestrian lane

FROM LEFT: Curt Reed and fellow cyclist Bob Feldberg ride the new bike lane on Citrus Springs Boulevard. (Photo courtesy: Cyntihia Oswald, BOCC Public Information Officer)

Construction was recently completed for the County resurfacing project on Citrus Springs Blvd from US41 to Withlacoochee Trail (C39), 1.4 miles.

The project was jointly funded by Citrus County and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Small County Outreach Program (SCOP).

The bid amount for the project was $970,546 and the project was completed on time and within the allocated budget.

As part of the resurfacing on Citrus Springs Blvd. the County decided it was time for a diet, a lane diet. The Citrus Springs Blvd. roadway lanes were 18 feet wide, too narrow for two lanes and too wide for one lane

The travel lane stripe was moved in to create a standard eleven-foot wide vehicle lane, which provided space for a seven-foot wide bike/pedestrian lane. The new bike/pedestrian lane provides an extension to the existing bike/pedestrian facilities on Citrus Springs Blvd. west of US41.

“My friends and I ride this road regularly to get from the north trailhead on the Withlacoochee State Trail to the Dunnellon Trail. This new bike lane allows riders to avoid the dangerous part of US41,” said cyclist Bob Feldberg. “We were delighted at the wonderful paving job the county has done and the nice wide bike lane makes it a pleasure to ride.”

The County has previously implemented lane diets and created bike/pedestrian lanes in other areas of the County. You can see these improvements on Roosevelt and Beverly Hills Boulevard.

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