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CommunityInterestACBeyondALACHUA COUNTY - The traffic signal at the intersection of Newberry Road and NW 91st Street will not be operational on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  A recent traffic crash caused damaged to the signal control equipment.  The signal will be shut down while the damaged equipment is replaced.

A law enforcement officer will be at the intersection to direct traffic; however, it is advised to avoid this intersection if possible during this time.

Visit the Gainesville/Alachua County Traffic Management Center website to stay updated on the status of the signal.

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CommunityInterestACBeyondLAKE CITY:  The following is a list of roadwork underway by the FDOT that may impact traffic.Most work will be suspended Wednesday through Sunday for the Thanksgiving holiday. FDOT offices will also be closed Thursday and Friday.

 ALACHUA COUNTY:

Archer Road (State Road 24) Daytime lane closures from Southwest 13th Street (US 441) to the Levy County line to repaint the roadway markings.

East University Avenue (State Road 26) Daytime lane closure east of Northeast 25th Street on Monday for utility work.

Interstate 75 The southbound off ramp to Newberry Road (State Road 26) will be closed Sunday night from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. to replace the guardrail. The southbound on ramp from SR 26 to I-75 is scheduled to be closed Monday and Tuesday nights from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. to replace the guardrail. Traffic will be detoured to either Archer Road or Northwest 39th Avenue.  FHP will assist with the closures. Work will be underway on the northbound exit ramp on Monday and Tuesday during daytime hours. The speed limit is reduced to 60 mph. Semi-trucks are allowed to use the northbound inside lane approaching the Newberry Road interchange.

Main Street (State Road 329) Daytime lane closures from Williston Road (State Road 331) to North Eighth Avenue to repaint the roadway markings.

Newberry Road (State Road 26) The traffic signal at Northwest 91st Avenue will be shut off Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon to replace the signal cabinet and a Gainesville police officer will be directing traffic at the intersection.

 Southeast and Southwest 16th Avenue (State Road 226) Daytime lane closures to repaint the roadway markings from Archer Road (State Road 24) to Williston Road (State Road 331).

 Southwest 13th Street (US 441) Daytime lane closures south of Archer Road (State Road 24) to modify sidewalk and driveways on both sides of the road to make improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists. The work is being overseen by the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).

 State Road 121 Crews will be repainting the roadway lines from US 441 to the Union County line.

 US 301 Daytime lane closures between the Bradford and Marion County lines to repaint the roadway markings.

 BAKER COUNTY:

 County Road 125 (Manntown Bridge) Daytime lane closures weekdays after 8:30 a.m. to replace the bridge by installing piers for the new bridge foundation. Also, grading the ditches and placing sod. Crews will be working Wednesday.

 US 90 Daytime lane closures east of Baker Correctional Institution to pave a turn lane into a new correctional re-entry facility under construction.

 US 90 Daytime lane closures to repaint the roadway markings between the Columbia and Nassau County lines. Also, crews will be repainting the roadway lines which is a moving operation.

BRADFORD COUNTY:

Southeast 144th Avenue The road is scheduled to reopen to traffic between Hayes Avenue and the CSX Railroad crossing on November 18.

 CLAY COUNTY:

County Road 315C Daytime lane closures from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. between Christian Camp Road (County Road 214) and Blanding Boulevard (State Road 21) near Keystone Heights for paving the final layer of asphalt.

COLUMBIA COUNTY:

Baya Drive Crews will be repainting the roadway lines from US 90 East to US 90 West.

Interstate 10 No work is scheduled to occur on the resurfacing project between US 441(Exit 303)  and the Suwannee County line (west of Interstate 75) during the week. Crews will resume work on Monday, November 28.

 Interstate 75 Daytime lane closures Monday and Tuesday for northbound traffic north of the US 41/441 overpass in Ellisville to pave the area in the median. The speed limit is reduced to 60 mph during lane closures.

 US 441 (South Marion Avenue) Daytime lane closures Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Willowbrook Assisted Living (south of the FDOT District Office) to trim tree limbs hanging over the roadway. Also, crews will be repainting the roadway lines from US 41 to the Georgia line.

 US 90 (Duval Street) Crews will be repainting the roadway lines from Baya Drive to State Road 100.

 GILCHRIST COUNTY:

State Road 26 Possible daytime lane closures at Southeast 70th Avenue, a mile west of the Alachua County line, to replace the supports for the flashing caution signal.

 HAMILTON COUNTY:

Interstate 75 Possible daytime lane closures Monday and Tuesday between US 129 (Exit 451) and State Road 6 (Exit 460) for replacing asphalt. Also, work on the State Road 6 exit ramp to place new high mast light poles. The speed limit is reduced to 60 mph during lane closures.

Interstate 75 The southbound agricultural inspection station at mile marker 446 is closed until February 2012 while a new station is built.  All livestock is redirected to the FDOT weigh station  at mile marker 451 which is north of the closed agricultural inspection station.

 State Road 136 Crews will be repainting the roadway lines from US 41 in White Springs to the Columbia County line.

LAFAYETTE COUNTY:

State Road 349 Daytime lane closures from the Dixie County line to US 27 to trim trees.

 US 27 Daytime lane closures from County Road 53 in Buckville to the Suwannee River bridge just west of Branford to trim trees.

 MADISON COUNTY:

State Road 6 Crews will be repainting the roadway lines from US 90 to the Hamilton County line.

State Road 145 No work is scheduled to occur on this resurfacing project between Hanson and the Georgia state line during the week. Work will resume Monday, November 28.

 US 221 Daytime lane closures from US 90 in Greenville to the Jefferson County line to clean ditches.

 SUWANNEE COUNTY:

Interstate 10 Daytime and nighttime lane closures Monday through Tuesday nights between US 90 (Exit 275) and US 129 (Exit 283) to mill and repave the shoulders. Also, daytime lane closures to replace the guardrail in the median.  The speed is reduced to 60 mph during lane closures.

 TAYLOR COUNTY:

US 98 Possible daytime lane for the construction of a temporary bridge across the Aucilla River at the Jefferson County line. Also, dirt will be brought in and placed for the new roadway approaches to be built at the temporary bridge. No detours will be required for this project.

 UNION COUNTY:

State Road 100 Work is underway to build a multi-use trail that follows the old Norfolk Southern rail corridor adjacent to SR 100 from State Road 238 to County Road 237. Crews will be working Wednesday.

 State Road 121 Crews will be repainting the roadway lines between the Alachua and Baker county lines.

 

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GAINESVILLE -- The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department is hosting a public meeting to receive public comment on the Draft Management Plan for the Turkey Creek Hammock Preserve. The meeting is on Thursday, November 17, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. at the Alachua Branch of the Alachua County Library (14913 NW 140th Street, Alachua).

Alachua County, with assistance from the Florida Communities Trust, acquired the +/376 acre Turkey Creek Hammock Preserve, located east of San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park and north of NW 93rd Avenue. The property was acquired to protect, preserve and enhance the unique natural and cultural resources found there, and to provide an enjoyable and educational passive recreational experience.  A management plan is being developed for the property, and we are seeking citizen input.

For those who wish to provide comment, but can't come to the meeting, written comments may be submitted by mail (Alachua County Environmental Protection Department, Land Conservation Program / 408 W. University Avenue, Suite 106 / Gainesville, FL 32601) or email (smvardaman@alachuacounty.us) by Nov. 18, 2011.

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CommunityInterestACBeyondGAINESVILLE – Each year during the week before Thanksgiving agricultural producers join with urban residents to celebrate their mutual relationships. Farm-City Week, a national observance, also emphasizes the importance of domestic agricultural production for our quality of life as well as the availability of a safe, abundant domestic food supply.

Farmers and ranchers rely on essential partnerships with urban communities to supply, sell and deliver finished products across the country and around the world. Above all, consumer purchases sustain farm enterprise.

This year Farm-City Week is scheduled to extend from Nov. 18 through Nov. 24. Members of County Farm Bureaus and other volunteers throughout Florida will mark the occasion by holding public meal functions, sponsoring farm tours and conducting other activities that help educate non-farmers about contemporary agriculture.

Agricultural producers contribute more than food, fiber and renewable fuels. Good management of farm properties provides greenspace, maintains wildlife habitat, preserves freshwater recharge areas and controls invasive species. According to virtually all studies of property tax revenues and public services, rural dwellers help subsidize police and fire protection for urban residents. City residents receive far more than a dollar’s worth of public services for every dollar they pay in property tax; rural residents received far less than a dollar’s worth of services for every dollar they pay.

“Florida farmers and ranchers work hard to produce more than 280 commodities,” said John Hoblick, president of Florida Farm Bureau Federation. “They know that it takes many other partnerships to bring food to the family table. We celebrate the success of those partnerships during Farm-City Week. We also appreciate the efforts of so many volunteers around the state in planning and organizing Farm-City Week events.”

According to researchers at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, agriculture and related sectors generate an economic impact of $133 billion annually. This sector also employs more than 1.6 million workers in our state. Without question agriculture is a cornerstone of our material security.

Farm-City Week offers a way of reminding both agricultural producers and consumers that we depend upon each other for the stability of our way of life. It also gives all of us an opportunity to thank someone who helps make the bounty of our food supply possible.

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CommunityInterestACBeyondALACHUA COUNTY – The Alachua County 4-H Youth Development Program announces the annual Holiday Gift & Craft Workshop at the Alachua County Extension Office. This one-day event is open to all youth ages 5 - 18 and will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Youth do not need to be enrolled in 4-H to attend. RSVP by Friday, Nov. 18, to the Alachua County Extension Office (2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville).

At least 20 different ideas for holiday crafts and gifts can be assembled. The Holiday Gift & Craft Workshop costs $25 (includes lunch), or $20 by bringing a new toy for donation to Toys for Tots. Payment must accompany registration form.

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