Vero Beach drivers on 17th Street, area roads watch for lane closures

VERO BEACH – Thousands of drivers through Vero Beach will continue to watch for lane closures along 17th Street and other area road this week through Saturday, according to traffic officials.

The $3 million road project will widen a 3,800-foot stretch of 16th/17th Street to four lanes with a center lane between 14th Avenue and US 1. Sidewalks and bike lanes, too, will be added in both directions along the road. Approximately 17,600 vehicles travel the area on a daily basis, according to Barbara Kelleher, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation, which is coordinating the roadwork.

The project got underway in May and is expected to be wrapped up by September.

Drivers in the area can expect the following road conditions this week through Saturday:

17th Street between US 1 and 15th Court: One lane closed in each direction from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, Jan. 15.

Dixie Highway at 16th Street: One lane closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Saturday, Jan. 16.

10th Avenue at 16th Street: One lane closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Saturday, Jan. 16.

14th Avenue at 16th Street: One lane closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Saturday, Jan. 16.

Construction work along 16th and 17th streets also includes replacing the traffic signals, improving drainage and installing landscaping.

The Florida East Coast railroad crossing will also be rebuilt as a result of the road-widening project, according to Kelleher.

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