The Florida Department of Transportation is currently in the design phase for two major projects on State Road 520 in Cocoa that will see the removal of the auxiliary lane east of US1 in the Cocoa Village area with added parking, increased medians and enhanced pedestrian safety components. Work on the first project is scheduled to being in the Fall of 2022.
The first project is set to improve the roadway surface and enhance mobility and safety along SR 520 from Aurora Street to the Hubert Humphrey Causeway in Cocoa with $9 million approved for construction beginning in the fall of 2022. In addition to repaving the roadway, the project calls for widening bicycle lanes where possible and removing the auxiliary lane to accommodate a new 7-foot-wide parking lane on eastbound S.R. 520 east of U.S. 1, as well as improved right turn lanes. The free-flow eastbound right turn lane at the S.R. 520 intersection with U.S. 1 will also be brought under signal control. Pedestrian safety enhancements include reconstructing and extending curbs to shorten pedestrian crossing distance, improved crosswalks, and upgraded pedestrian signals. Sidewalk will be constructed to close gaps, and sidewalk curb ramps will be reconstructed to comply with current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. The project will also upgrade existing traffic signals and modify existing medians and traffic separators. Other improvements include removing obsolete driveways and driveway reconstruction, and drainage adjustments. For more information on this project and to stay up to date with the latest information, visit https://www.cflroads.com/project/442885-1.
The second project is set to enhance safety through access management improvements on SR 520 from Cox Road to Aurora Street with $4.4 million in funding approved for construction in late summer or early fall of 2023. The project is based on recommendations in the Access Management Safety Study completed in June 2019. The goal of access management is to reduce the number and severity of crashes by reducing conflict points, or areas where vehicles can cross paths and potentially crash. The project calls for closing some median openings and constructing directional median openings at other locations. New left turn lanes will be added at several intersections, while others will be extended to provide more space for vehicles. The project will also repave turn lanes and upgrade existing traffic signals. Necessary drainage work and lighting upgrades are also planned. For more information on this project and to stay up to date with the latest information, visit https://www.cflroads.com/project/445689-1.