95th Street Road set to open soon

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By Amy Ryffel-Kragh

The road is paved, the lights are in place – and soon motorists will have a new east-west route that intersects State Road 200. Southwest 95th Street Road is expected to open sometime in March.

Hall Robertson who works with Thad Boyd, the managing partner for the project, said power to the traffic lights was expected to be turned on by the end of last week. And the traffic signals at S.W. 60th Avenue and 95th Street Road, near Freedom Public Library, should be blinking yellow any day now, as well as the lights at S.W. 95th Street Road and S.R 200.

At first, the lights will blink yellow. “It’s a safety thing,” Robertson said. The yellow lights make the public aware that a new light is coming. Once it functions as a regular traffic light the road will be ready to open. “It’s really going to be terrific,” he added.

Although JB Ranch Associates developed the road, the county owns it. To offset the cost of the road, the developer will get impact fee credit for the cost of the roadway, Robertson said in a previous interview.

“We’ve saved the county a lot of money,” he said. The company has also donated the right of way to the county, something that will not be paid back through impact fees.

S.W 95th Street Road will change its name at S.R. 200 and will be called S.W. 90th Street, which the county has built, as it connects with S.W. 80th Avenue near the new entrance to On Top of the World Communities.

The new Lowe’s store fronts S.W. 90th Street, where there will be two entrances, with a S.R. 200 entrance as well.

Although S.W. 90th Avenue is complete it is not open. “Until that signal is activated, that road will be closed,” said Mike Butzer, project manager for Marion County Transportation Department. So, when JB Ranch opens S.W.95th Street Road, the county will be ready to open 90th Avenue.

There will not be a working traffic light at S.W. 90th Street and 80th Avenue until the four-lane widening of 80th Avenue is complete. In the meantime, there will be a two-way-stop sign at the intersection, Butzer said, Originally, the county planned on stopping about 200 feet short of S.W.80th Avenue and allow OTOW to finish it road project from S.R. 200 to the new 90th Street.

The OTOW developer will initially pay for adding two lanes to 80th Avenue, and will receive impact fee credits.

In addition to building 95th Street Road, JB Ranch Associates is developing a 55 and older housing community. Robertson said that the development opened its model homes about a week ago.

The age-restricted community has two builders, Lennar Homes and Armstrong Homes.

Contact Amy Ryffel-Kragh at 854-3986 or akragh@newsrlsmc.com .