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Construction almost finished on State Road 16

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Updated: 10/28/2013 6:31 pm
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Hundreds of drivers use it every day, and in just a few short weeks, State Road 16 will be construction free.

"We're in the cleanup and paperwork stage," said FDOT spokesperson Laurie Sanderson.

That's music to many drivers' ears.

"I travel up here a lot going to Publix and stop for coffee, so I'm on this road pretty often," said driver Cliff Scholtz.

Resurfacing of S.R. 16 started in January of this year, costing $6.2 million.

Its taken about nine months to get to the finishing stages, but Scholtz says it's worth the wait and the money.

"Oh it's beautiful," said Scholtz.

Besides a resurfacing, FDOT also added sidewalks.

"There was a push to get sidewalks due to the heavy foot traffic and bicycle traffic," said Sanderson.

A push local businesses along that road say was needed.

"It's really nice to see that they put the sidewalks down all the way towards 95. people are using them I see and it seems easier for people to get around," said Manatee Cafe owner Cheryl Crosley.

More foot traffic could help her business.

"It does help with tourists coming down U.S. 1, so it has helped a lot," said Crosley.

Crosley said while construction was underway, it didn't affect her business too much, but she is glad it's coming to an end.

FDOT says they hope to have the project finished by the end of the month.

Hundreds of drivers use it every day, and in just a few short weeks, State Road 16 will be construction free.

"We're in the cleanup and paperwork stage," said FDOT spokesperson Laurie Sanderson.

That's music to many drivers' ears.

"I travel up here a lot going to Publix and stop for coffee, so I'm on this road pretty often," said driver Cliff Scholtz.

Resurfacing of S.R. 16 started in January of this year, costing $6.2 million.

It's taken about nine months to get to the finishing stages, but Scholtz says it's worth the wait and the money.

"Oh it's beautiful," said Scholtz.

Besides a resurfacing, FDOT also added sidewalks.

"There was a push to get sidewalks due to the heavy foot traffic and bicycle traffic," said Sanderson.

A push local businesses along that road say was needed.

"It's really nice to see that they put the sidewalks down all the way towards 95. people are using them I see and it seems easier for people to get around," said Manatee Cafe owner Cheryl Crosley.

More foot traffic could help her business.

"It does help with tourists coming down U.S. 1, so it has helped a lot," said Crosley.

Crosley said while construction was underway, it didn't affect her business too much, but she is glad it's coming to an end.

FDOT says it hopes to have the project finished by the end of the month.

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