SPRING HILL — Motorists frustrated by congestion around the intersection of Mariner and Northcliffe boulevards will soon see some relief.
The County Commission on Tuesday approved a $138,092 contract with Goodwin Brothers Construction Inc. for improvements.
The work, which will be paid for entirely with impact fees, will add a right-turn lane for traffic traveling south on Mariner and continuing west on Northcliffe, according to County Engineer Charles Mixson.
Currently, traffic turning west onto Northcliffe frequently gets hung up in the outside lane on a red light because the lane allows for both right turns and through traffic
The work will also include a new signal because the existing signal pole will have to be moved to make way for the widened roadway.
The county made Mariner four lanes a decade ago and Northcliffe several years ago, and as the road has been improved, commercial and residential development in the area has continued to sprout. Most recently, construction began on a 160-unit apartment complex just west of Mariner on Northcliffe.
The intersection improvements were actually made possible because of the new development in the area. Mixson noted that not only did the developer of the new apartments likely pay enough in impact fees to foot the bill for the roadwork, but another newer development on the corner provided right of way for the new turn lane as part of its development deal with the county.
"It's a fairly small project and we had the opportunity when development came on the corner,'' Mixson said. "It's a fairly easy project to get going.''
The time line is not yet set since the project was just approved. But Mixson predicted that it would take a couple of months for the contractor to acquire the new signal pole and other supplies and documentation. The work itself should take about six months to complete, he said.
Barbara Behrendt can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 848-1434.