Hwy. 129 - Downtown Live Oak will temporarily close for two weeks

Live Oak – According to a release from the Florida Department of Transportation, U.S. Highway 129 will close for approximately two weeks beginning September 8 at 9:00 a.m., in the immediate area of the railroad crossing from Duval Street to the intersection at U.S. Highway 90 in downtown Live Oak

as part of the Statewide Traffic and Railroad Initiative Using Dynamic Envelopes initiative, officially known as “Operation STRIDE.”

Improvements include installing a new heavy-duty concrete crossing surface, sidewalk, curb, and ADA mats. This railroad crossing surface was last replaced in October 2007.

Through Operation STRIDE, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is implementing rail crossing safety measures on state roadways with the goal of minimizing crashes at state road rail crossings. The work includes installation of Rail Dynamic Envelopes (conspicuous pavement markings), enhanced signage and rail safety education.

Construction is expected to begin Tuesday, September 8 at 9 a.m. and is scheduled to be completed by Tuesday, September 22 at 8 p.m. The roadway will reopen early if work is completed ahead of schedule or could be closed longer due to unforeseen weather and/or other circumstances.

During the closure, traffic will be detoured via Perimeter Road and U.S. 90. U.S. 129 will be barricaded at the intersection of U.S. 90 and the intersection of Duval Street/County Road 136. Customers of Armando’s Mexican Bar and Grill will access the restaurant through the western end of the driveway (closest to Mayo Fertilizer).

The community’s patience is appreciated during this closure as FDOT and Florida Gulf and Atlantic Railroad work to maintain this important method of transportation.