LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Roadwork on the west end of The Masters Avenue in the Country Club and Edgewater subdivisions should be finished by Thursday at the latest, according to association construction manager Paula McGrath with Atkins Engineering.
The project with Ajax Paving Co. began April 3, according to Ryan Heise, director of operations for Lakewood Ranch. The repairs primarily affect Community Development District 2, serving Country Club and Edgewater, and District 5, serving Country Club.
The announcement came Tuesday in Heise's report at the Inter-District Authority meeting.
Later in the day at the District 2 meeting, Heise addressed concerns from District 2 Superintendent Richard Moran after work had stopped in one part of the The Masters and picked up in another. That allowed a degree of separation and avoided traffic confusion, according to engineers.
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Moran recently raised concerns when residents questioned the work changes, but he said: "They're moving pretty quickly when they get there and they're always pretty friendly."
Work remains to be done on Legacy Boulevard, including installing a turn lane.
"So far so good," Heise said. "The residents' cooperation with this project has been outstanding and they can thank their district board members for funding and overseeing this project."
In another matter, staff identified changes in the construction plan for the new $2 million maintenance facility to save money. A cistern was not necessary and sod installed around the new facility will not need extra irrigation.
"For the cistern, we did a cost-benefit analysis and the payback wasn't there," Heise said. "The irrigation was for Bahia sod, and that's a turf type that doesn't require supplemental irrigation after establishment.
"We will continue to find opportunities to reduce costs."
Steve Zeilinski, financial director, said other uses may be found for any money saved by the cistern and irrigation cuts.
"You don't know what's going to happen during the course of the construction. It's too premature to make a general statement about that, but it's good to see that there's some cost reductions," said Zeilinski.
Dee Graham, Herald reporter, can be reached 745-7024.