SW 6th Street

SW 6th St (WUA to SW 5th Ave)

Purpose: The primary objective of this project is to reconstruct West 6th Street between SW 5th Avenue and University Avenue. Other components include reconstructing existing sidewalks in compliance with current width and side slope requirements, adding concrete curb and gutter in areas that currently have roadside drainage, landscaping improvements including low impact development techniques, a large stormwater pipe upgrade, and a proposed roundabout at the intersection of SW 6th Street and 4th Avenue.

Proposed Schedule: The project was bid out in the summer of 2017 and Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. was determined to be the lowest responsible, responsive bidder as stipulated by the City’s competitive bidding process.  Construction is anticipated to begin in November of 2017 and complete in the fall of 2018.

FAQ

What stage is this project in?

As of 10/12/17 preconstruction tasks are underway.  Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. was determined to be the lowest responsible, responsive bidder as stipulated by the City’s competitive bidding process.  Construction is anticipated to begin in November of 2017 and complete in the fall of 2018.

What is the need for this project?

Roadway are graded on a system known as Pavement Condition Index, or PCI, and is graded on a scale from 0-100 with 100 being the best. SW 6th Street between SW 4th Avenue and SW 2nd Avenue has a PCI of 24 out of 100. SW 6th Street between SW 2nd Avenue and University Avenue has a PCI of 16 out of 100. Addressing the poor pavement condition is the primary purpose for this project. Also, while reconstruction of the roadway is taking place the City will upgrade an existing 48” stormwater pipe to a 66” size pipe to reduce flooding conditions in the area. Other proposed elements are the result of identified opportunities to improve traffic performance and aesthetic features.

Why is the roundabout proposed at 4th Avenue?

The roundabout at this location has several benefits:

  • From a traffic performance standpoint, the roundabout reduces the average delay experienced by a driver at this intersection by 74%.

  • The Federal Highway Administration reports “several studies in the U.S., Europe, and Australia have found that roundabouts perform better in terms of safety than other intersection forms.”

  • A 6th Street Design Charrette was held and the consensus was reached preferring roundabouts over signalized intersections in this area.

The roundabout is the more environmentally friendly alternative as it reduces fuel consumption through reduced delays as well as reduced energy use by the elimination of traffic and pedestrian signals.

What is the proposed landscaping in this area?

Landscaping is proposed primarily on both sides of the Rail Trail. Existing right-of-way constraints on the west side of the road make it difficult to provide landscaping on this side. The proposed roundabout at SW 4th Avenue provides significant opportunities for landscaping, including Low Impact Development techniques to provide stormwater treatment. See one of the conceptual drawings on this website for more details.

What type of public outreach has been performed?

The City of Gainesville has presented the preliminary designs to City Management, CRA Advisory Boards, and the Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Board. On 9/10/13 an advertised public meeting was held at the Old Depot Building to discuss the project and receive comments. On 9/16/13 the project was discussed at the Porter’s Community Center. On 9/23/13, the project was presented to the Recreation, Cultural Affairs, & Public Works Committee. The “Basis of Design” for the project was approved by the City Commission 10/17/13. Several additional meetings will be held as the design progresses.

When will construction start?

As of 10/12/17, preconstruction tasks are underway with construction expected to start in November of 2017.

Who do I contact with questions and comments about this project?

Betsy Waite is the Project Manager for the City of Gainesville and can be reached at waiteed@cityofgainesville.org or 352-393-8405.

How much will this project cost?

A contract in the amount $2,896,000.00 was approved for the Roadway Construction and an additional $436,975.00 was approved for decorative Capella Street Lighting along the corridor.

Conceptual Video

Contact Information

Betsy Waite, PE
waiteed@cityofgainesville.org
352-393-8405

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