Brevard improving Interlachen-Wickham intersection


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Brevard County construction crews are expanding Interlachen Road at Wickham Road and adding a dedicated left-turn lane onto Wickham.

VIERA VOICE Mike Gaffey

Work has begun on intersection improvements at Interlachen and Wickham roads in Suntree.

Brevard County Public Works Road and Bridge Construction crews will widen Interlachen Road at Wickham Road and add a dedicated left-turn lane onto Wickham. Road work began June 4 and should be completed around August, according to the county.

New mast arms for traffic signals will take additional time to be installed and may replace temporary traffic lights that the county is considering for the intersection once roadway improvements are completed.

“It is our intent to maintain traffic flow during the roadway work,” the county said in a statement. “However, we are advising the community to utilize alternate routes to access the Suntree Community via Pinehurst (Avenue) and/or St. Andrews (Boulevard).”

Utilizing alternate routes, the county said, will help to alleviate potential traffic delays and congestion at the busy intersection just west of Suntree Square, a shopping center at 7777 N. Wickham Road that is anchored by a Publix Super Market.

As part of the construction, the last of Suntree’s dark green entrance signs is being replaced. The sign stood at the Interlachen Road median at Wickham.

Construction of a new sign should start about six months after intersection improvements are finished, said Todd Foley, general manager of the Suntree Master Homeowners Association.

The new sign, he said, likely will resemble entrance signs at other Suntree intersections, which are light tan, made of bricks and feature a more subtly colored sun and tree logo, with lighting added to the left and right of the Suntree lettering, and with matching brick planters in front of each sign.

“They’ve got to finish their project before we can even dream ours up,” Foley said of the county. “We don’t know what space will be provided and the line of sight obstacles and things of that nature that are just too early to determine.”

The Interlachen Road sign was not renovated because of the county’s intersection improvement plans, Foley said. “Why upgrade something and spend a considerable amount of money just for it to get torn down in a year?” he asked.

County Commissioner Curt Smith said in an email that he was “proud” to be able to move the “long overdue” project forward.

“I want to thank the Public Works employees for their determination to find a solution that will make traveling that area much easier and safer for the folks in Baytree and Suntree,” Smith stated.

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