SPRINGFIELD, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Crews will start digging up the road in parts of Springfield next week as a sewer replacement project gets underway.
Road work will start Wednesday, January 18, and parts of 11th Street and Transmitter Road will be closed off in sections for the next six months or so.
At first, 11th Street from Detroit Avenue to Transmitter Road will be closed before the work continues on Transmitter Road from 11th Street to Tyndall Parkway.
If you can't avoid the area, detour signs will be posted. Drivers coming from Panama City or Lynn Haven should take East Avenue toward 15th Street or Business 98.
Those heading west from Callaway should use 7th Street or 3rd Street from Tyndall Parkway instead.
"You really need to watch out for the workers and for the heavy equipment. For wide loads, that's coming in and out," Springfield Mayor Ralph Hammond said.
"We're going to be enforcing the speed limit very heavily during the project," Sergeant Russell Voyles from the Springfield Police Department said. "When workers are present, speeding fines are doubled. Our number one concern is the safety of us and the workers that are out there."
Mayor Hammond says once the sewer lines are replaced, the county will resurface Transmitter Road from Tyndall Parkway to 3rd Street in Springfield.
There are also plans to widen the road and bike lanes.
He says the money's coming from a $5 million grant from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Springfield will only have to pay back about $1 million.