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Two sections of State Road 235 closed for railroad crossing work

AC_Beyond2012EGainesville – Two sections of State Road 235 in Alachua County are scheduled to be closed to all traffic next week to replace one railroad crossing and repair a second, according to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

Repairs to the crossing just west of US 441 on State Road 235 in the City of Alachua are scheduled to begin Monday at noon and expected to take 24 hours to complete. Two detours have been established due to the large number of commercial trucks that travel this section of State Road 235.  Semi-trucks will not be allowed to use local streets due to the damage they may cause.

Trucks headed north on State Road 235 will be directed to turn left on County Road 235A and then right on US 441 back to State Road 235.  Trucks headed south will be directed to turn right on US 441 and then left on County Road 235A back to State Road 235. Local traffic can use Peggy Road to bypass the work area.

Replacement of the crossing between Alachua and La Crosse is scheduled to take approximately one week and will begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. Traffic will be detoured using US 441 and State Road 121.

Off-duty law enforcement officers will assist with both closures and detours. Signs will be placed along the detour routes to direct motorists.

Utilco Railroad Services, Inc. of Tifton, GA has been hired by CSX Transportation to do the work at both railroad crossings on State Road 235.

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Local credit union holds teacher of the year contest

AC_Beyond2012EALACHUA – SunState Federal Credit Union is running a contest to find the Teacher of The Year in five counties: Alachua, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, and Levy.

One winning teacher from each county will receive an iPad2 and a SunState Teacher of The Year plaque.

“We just thought this would be a good way to show our appreciation for the local teachers who are doing so much for our community” said Brett Wachtstetter, Online Marketing Representative for SunState Federal Credit Union.

The credit union will also be entering the people who nominated a winning teacher into a drawing to win an iPad2, and selecting one voter at random to receive $100.

“We are hoping to encourage more people to show teachers that they are appreciated.” said Wachtstetter.

Teachers can be nominated by anyone and the winner will be decided by people voting on the Credit Union’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/SunStateFCU.

The contest will run until May 15, 2012.

SunState has been a longtime supporter of local teachers with their 10forTeacher$ program and through various sponsorships of school related programs.

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Youth Fair and Livestock Show prepares for opening

AC_Beyond2012EGAINESVILLE – It may not be a typical county fair with thrilling rides and a colorful midway, but the Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show has plenty to offer, including fuzzy rabbits, cackling chickens and even a baked goods competition.

This year’s event will be at the Alachua County Fairgrounds for six days starting Thursday, March 1. FFA and 4-H youth ranging from 8 to 18 are allowed to participate.

During the fair, children show off their goats, rabbits, poultry, dogs, cattle and more. The fair isn’t just about animals. Guests can also watch a cupcake decorating contest, a muffin bake-off, a bicycle rodeo and an extreme makeover contest.

Organized by the Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Association, the fair is the culmination of a hands-on project for livestock production. It teaches valuable lessons about agriculture and life, such as responsibility and leadership.

“Working with livestock and other agriculture events through the Youth Fair prepares future citizens of Alachua County to be knowledgeable about agriculture production and land use,” said Cindy Sanders, Alachua County Cooperative Extension Director, in a press release issued by Alachua County.  “This benefits Alachua County by providing citizens who are familiar with this important segment of the county’s economy.”

For community members wishing to support the local FFA and 4-H children, there will be a market sale on Tuesday, March 6. According to the Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show, the animals sell for $2 a pound. When purchasing an animal, buyers have two options. They can choose to keep the animal’s meat for themselves, or they can resell the animal.

Youth save money made through the sale of their livestock for future education after high school or to work toward a career.

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Road and Lane Closures for March 10 - 16, 2012

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LAKE CITY – The following is a list of roadwork underway by the FDOT that may impact traffic.

ALACHUA COUNTY - Archer Road (State Road 24) Nighttime lane closures Monday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. between Southwest 44th and 78th streets, west of Interstate 75, for paving.

East University Avenue (State Road 26) Daytime lane closures to repaint the roadway markings from Waldo Road (State Road 24) to Main Street (State Road 329).

 Interstate 75 at Newberry Road (Exit 387) Traffic has been shifted to new lanes on the northbound exit ramp to Newberry Road (State Road 26).  The speed limit remains reduced to 60 mph. Semi-trucks are allowed to use the northbound inside lane approaching the Newberry Road interchange. The sidewalk on the south side of the overpass on Newberry Road between the northbound and southbound exit ramps remains closed. Pedestrians are directed to use the sidewalk on the north side of the road.

Interstate 75 frontage road (April Boulevard) Daytime lane closures starting Tuesday from US 441 to the end of the road for painting the final roadway markings.

Newberry Road (State Road 26) Daytime lane closures for eastbound and westbound traffic at the I-75 northbound exit ramp between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for work in the medians.

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

Northwest Sixth Street (State Road 20) Daytime lane closures to repaint the roadway markings from Northwest Eighth Avenue to US 441.

 Northwest Eighth Avenue (State Road 20) Daytime lane closures to repaint the roadway markings from North Main Street to Northwest Sixth Street.

Northeast 39th Avenue (State Road 222) Daytime lane closures a half mile east of the FDOT offices located in the 5300 block on Wednesday and Thursday for roadway testing.

State Road 26 in Orange Heights Daytime lane closures at the US 301 and CSX Railroad overpass from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for safety improvements.

State Road 26 Daytime lane closures to repaint the roadway markings from Hawthorne Road (State Road 20) to the Putnam County line and crews will be repainting the roadway lines which is a moving operation.

State Road 235 Daytime lane closures between County Road 241 and the Bradford County line near Brooker after 8:30 a.m. for shoulder work. Traffic is shifted and the travel lanes reduced to 11 feet on the Santa Fe River bridge. A temporary concrete barrier wall is installed on the bridge to provide safety for both motorists and workers while guardrail is installed.

State Road 235 UPCOMING: The railroad crossing between Alachua and La Crosse is scheduled to be closed for replacement Saturday, March 24 at 9 a.m. until March 31 at 5 p.m. A detour route will be  posted.

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

US 441 Daytime lane closures from Northwest Sixth Street to the Columbia County line to repaint roadway markings.

BAKER COUNTY:

County Road 125 (Manntown Bridge) The Manntown Bridge, just south of Interstate 10,  is closed to all traffic for bridge replacement. Traffic is detoured to Mud Lake Road (County Road 130), State Road 121, I-10 and back to CR 125.

County Road 250A (Forest Road 42) Daytime lane closures between US 90 and Interstate 10 for resurfacing and shoulder work.

BRADFORD COUNTY:

Pratt Street The road between State Road 100 and US 301 has been reopened at Parkland Place but possible daytime lane closures to finish the construction of a sidewalk.

State Road 230 Crews will be repainting the roadway lines between US 301 and the Clay County line which is a moving operation.

US 301 Crews will be repainting the roadway lines between the Alachua and Clay county lines which is a moving operation.

COLUMBIA COUNTY:

Branford Highway (SR 247) Work to add a northbound right turn lane onto Bascom Norris Road is underway and utility companies are moving their utility lines off the east side of the road which should not impact traffic.

Interstate 10 Daytime lane closures between US 41 (Exit 301) and US 441 (Exit 303) to place the final layer of asphalt on Monday and Tuesday. Also, possible daytime lane closures to replace guardrail. The speed limit is reduced to 60 mph during lane closures.

Interstate 75 Two lanes will be closed in either the northbound or southbound lanes at the Alachua County line Monday night beginning at 8 p.m. until Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. to reseal the bridge joints at the Santa Fe River Bridge. Then, Tuesday at 6:30 a.m., single daytime lane closures will continue at the bridge to finish the work. Also, daytime lane closures between the Alachua County line and three miles north of US 41/441 (Exit 414) to finish guardrail replacement.

State Road 47 Daytime lane closures from US 41 to the Gilchrist County line (Santa Fe River) to repaint roadway markings.

US 441 Daytime lane closures Wednesday and Thursday after 8:30 a.m. at the Interstate 10 interchange for resurfacing.

GILCHRIST COUNTY:

US 129 The road will be closed in Trenton on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Suwannee Valley Quilt and Old Time Craft Festival. Trenton Police and the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Department will detour traffic.

HAMILTON COUNTY:

Interstate 75 The southbound agricultural inspection station at mile marker 446 is closed 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.

Interstate 75 Daytime and nighttime lane closures (24 hours a day) beginning Tuesday at 7 a.m. for southbound traffic between US 129 (Exit 451) and the Suwannee County line (Suwannee River) for resurfacing. No work allowed Friday at 6 a.m. until Sunday at 9 p.m. The speed limit is reduced to 60 mph during lane closures.

State Road 6 Crews will be repainting the roadway lines from the Madison County line to US 41 which is a moving operation.

State Road 143 Crews will be repainting the roadway lines from Interstate 75 to US 41 which is a moving operation.

US 129 Crews will be repainting the roadway lines from US 41 to the Georgia line which is a moving operation.

LEVY COUNTY:

Northeast 205th Avenue (County Road 331A) Daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to build a sidewalk from County Road 318 to Northeast Fourth Avenue for Williston Middle School.

MADISON COUNTY:

US 90 Daytime lane closures from Greenville to the Madison city limits to clean ditches.

SUWANNEE COUNTY:

Interstate 10 Daytime lane closures for westbound traffic this weekend between US 90 (Exit 275) and US 129 (Exit 283) for paving. Then, daytime lane closures continue Monday through Friday for westbound and eastbound traffic to place the final layer of asphalt. The speed limit is reduced to 60 mph during lane closures.

State Road 51 Daytime lane closure Monday between Evergreen Avenue and Pinewood Drive from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for paving a turn lane onto a new side street location at Silas Drive.

State Road 51 Daytime lane closures at various locations between Live Oak and Luraville on Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for resurfacing.

US 90 Daytime lane closures at various locations between the north Live Oak city limits and the Madison County line (Suwannee River) on Wednesday and Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for resurfacing. Also, crews will be repainting the roadway lines between the Columbia County line and the north Live Oak city limits which is a moving operation.

TAYLOR COUNTY:

US 19 Daytime lane closures for northbound traffic south of Perry for investigation into a roadway depression.

US 98 Possible daytime lane closures Monday through Friday as work continues to build a temporary bridge across the Aucilla River at the Jefferson County line. No detours will be required for this project.

UNION COUNTY:

State Road 100 Possible daytime lane closures at State Road 121 after 8:30 a.m. and at the intersection of Lake Avenue between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to replace the traffic signals and concrete poles in Lake Butler.

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Gainesville Weekly Gas Price Update and Outlook

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Gainesville, February 27- Average retail gasoline prices in Gainesville have risen 8.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.76/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 11.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.64/g, according to gasoline price website GainesvilleGasPrices.com.

 Including the change in gas prices in Gainesville during the past week, prices yesterday were 31.4 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 24.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 26.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 29.8 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

 "2012 is looking increasingly like 2008," said Gregg Laskoski, Senior Petroleum Analyst for GasBuddy.com. "Gasoline prices are climbing aggressively as speculation drives crude oil higher; and once again, it's an election year. But this time its the volatility in the Middle East that has everyone wondering 'How high is up?'," he added.

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