Still in its early stages, the project to widen Tymber Creek Road has residents satisfied in the progress. Work is expected to pick up in the next 10 months.
BY MATT MENCARINI | STAFF WRITER
Roughly 60 days into the estimated 12-month project to widen Tymber Creek Road, residents say they haven't been negatively affected by the work.
But the most dramatic changes are still yet to come.
The actual widening of Tymber Creek Road, from two to four lanes, between Granada Boulevard and Peruvian Lane, will be completed in the next 10 months. According to County Engineer Jerry Brinton, greater inconveniences may arise after the initial phase of the project is completed.
In order to expand the road from two lanes to four, the contractor will work on one side the of the road at a time, Brinton said, adding a lane and shifting traffic to one side, and then the other.
Additionally, medians, sidewalks and various storm-drain improvements will be made as part of the joint project agreement between Ormond Beach and Volusia County.
In the agreement, the city will handle the relocation of utilities, for a cost of $275,536.50. Masci General Contractor Inc. submitted the lowest bid and was awarded the project.
The company also submitted the lowest bid the for the county’s end of the project, a job with a price tag of $5,276,057.15.
Brinton said there will be a $1,000-per-day fine imposed if Masci goes over the contracted completion date, unless the county approves additional days due to unavoidable unforeseen delays.
The project will include an eight-foot wide sidewalk along the west side of the road and a five-foot wide sidewalk on the east side of the road.
“So much growth has occurred to the north, that it exceeds the capacity of two lanes,” Brinton said. He added that the project will also address morning and afternoon traffic issues.
Approximately two months into the project, though, residents say they have been impressed with the amount of work Masci has accomplished so far.
“The thing picked up really fast and they're really moving along now,” said Chuck Wadro, a Breakaway Trails resident. “It’s impressive, what they're doing. But it’s also a little depressing because all the trees are coming down.”
Pete Roseti, vice president of the Tymber Crossings Homeowners Association, has spoken with other residents who are also concerned about the lost trees, but he says most see the project as a positive development for the area.
Roseti, who moved into the first home ever built in Tymber Crossings, in 2001, said he also likes seeing the work, because he knows it means jobs.
“I’ve seen Ormond Beach grow up,” he said. “When I first moved down here it was just the Tymber Creek (subdivision). The rest was cow pastures.”