New Highway 77 road work expected to start the week of February 27

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Drivers will soon see some road work along Highway 77.

The Florida Department of Transportation will be working to resurface the road from just south of Interstate 10 to 5th Street in Chipley.

New safety features are a big part of the project.

"Every time we do a resurfacing project, we look at if there's an opportunity for us to look at pedestrian and bicycle safety," said Tanya Branton, Public Information Specialist for the Florida Department of Transportation. "If there's opportunities for us to do something on the project, then we do."

Those safety upgrades include the installation of sidewalks and five-foot bicycle lanes.

"We're able to construct sidewalks mostly on the west side of the project, and installations of bicycle lanes for our bicyclists along the area," said Branton.

The sidewalks will be located on the north side of I-10.

"They'll begin right there at the interstate. They'll be on the east side," said Branton. "Through Walmart they'll be on the east side, then they'll transition to the west side of the roadway along the project."

Lane closures for resurfacing will take place from 7 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

"You'll see them also do sidewalk construction, but if there's lane restrictions with the sidewalk work, then there's restrictions for when they can close those lanes as well," Branton said.

No lane closures will be allowed during Spring Break (March 13-17), holidays, and other special events.

Drivers are reminded that speeding fines are doubled when workers are present.

"We just ask people to please obey the speed limit, and watch for other people in front of you, and watch for workers entering and exiting the roadway," Branton said.

The project will stretch 1.8 miles and is expected to start the week of February 27 and be completed by summer 2017.