MELBOURNE, Florida. – A milestone in the Phase II widening project on Wickham Road, from NASA Boulevard south to U.S. 192, was reached last night when all five lanes of the roadway were opened to traffic.
Asphalt paving has been completed in the roadway's two southbound lanes. Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 26, the center turn lane and two northbound lanes will be subject to "paving under traffic," said Public Works Director John Denninghoff. That means all five lanes will be open, but where asphalt paving is occurring, the traffic lane will be open behind and in front of the paving work while it's in progress.
"All 5 lanes will be available to drive on through the holiday," Denninghoff said. "There will be no construction on Thursday or Friday, meaning that on Black Friday all of the lanes will be open. There won't be paving equipment in the way."
Weather permitting, Denninghoff said asphalt paving will be underway in the center lane and northbound lanes on Tuesday and Wednesday and, if necessary, will continue on Monday.
Asphalt paving is the final step for completing Phase II construction of the center turn lane on the Wickham Road reconstruction project. The $6.5 million project widens the mile-long route and provides safer and more convenient access to businesses in the heavy traffic corridor by adding a fifth lane to the only section of Wickham Road that doesn’t have 4 divided lanes.
The announcement comes after Brevard County District 5 Commissioner Andy Anderson expressed the frustration of business owners along Wickham Road last week who were awaiting the completion of the construction project which was initially scheduled to be finished by Thanksgiving.