Aurora Road Between Wickham Road and Turtle Mound Road To Close For Stormwater Improvements
By Space Coast Daily // July 29, 2016
work will be completed in three phases
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – An estimated 6,300 motorists who use Aurora Road, between Wickham Road and Turtle Mound Road, will face detours that began Thursday, July 28, through Friday, Sept. 16, for installation of a drainage culvert and other upgrades as part of a stormwater improvements project by the Brevard County Natural Resources Management Office.
During the Aurora Road closure, Lake Washington Road will continue to be closed just east of the Kingsmill subdivision, between Wickham Road and Turtle Mound Road, through Aug. 8. Work began on July 5 at this location, which affects an estimated 7,800 motorists who use Lake Washington Road daily.
After Aug. 8, for approximately two weeks, motorists using Lake Washington Road at this location will experience alternating one-way traffic between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. while construction work continues on the north side of Lake Washington Road, just east of the Kingsmill subdivision.
Two-way traffic will be maintained at night and during morning and evening peak traffic volume hours.
Beginning Aug. 20, Lake Washington Road is expected to be fully open while Aurora Road continues to be closed until Sept. 16.
These projects are the final phase of the ongoing drainage work in the area, the largest of which involved the installation of a concrete box culvert under Wickham Road just south of Aurora Road, to protect flood-prone homes, especially those in the Kingsmill and Longwood subdivisions, and other homes and businesses along the Palomino Road and Aurora Road area.
The area suffered major flooding as recently as Tropical Storm Fay in 2008, Hurricane Erin and other major storm events.
There will be three phases associated with the planned detour routes:
• From July 28 through Aug. 8, the detour route for eastbound traffic on Aurora Road or Lake Washington Road is to go east along Eau Gallie Boulevard or east along Parkway Drive, to Wickham Road. The reverse route will be established for westbound traffic.
• From Aug. 9 through Aug. 19, the same detour route will be in place when Lake Washington Road is opened to alternating one-way traffic from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Motorists will be able to travel through the Lake Washington Road work area, but will experience delays. Flaggers will be positioned at each end of the closed lane to direct motorists. From 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. (overnight) both lanes will be open.
• From Aug. 20 through Sept. 16, the detour route will be modified to use Lake Washington Road for eastbound and westbound traffic on Aurora Road, although there are multiple alternative routes that could be used.
Variable message boards and other signage were installed in the area to alert motorists prior to the Lake Washington Road closure. This signage will be modified for the phased detour routes to assist the motoring public.
For more information, please contact the Brevard County Natural Resources Management Office, Watershed Management Program at 321-633-2016.
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