Seminole County road project nearing completion

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SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —

A major road project in Seminole County that's been under construction for a couple of years is finally nearing completion.

Weather conditions will play a big role in when the Red Bug Lake Road project opens up to drivers. The $25 million project includes an overpass that will make it easier for thousands of drivers to get through the busy intersection at Red Big Lake Road and State Road 436.

Construction crews just need to pour asphalt at both ends of the overpass ramps, but they've been delayed by cold weather. Officials said the temperature has to be at least 45 degrees during the overnight hours to pour the asphalt.

"We'd like to start paving friction course this week but because of the weather it looks like we might be a week and a half out," Seminole County Construction Manager Michael Enot said.

Resident Gene Carpenter has watched the project since it started in 2011. He said the last few months of the project can't come soon enough.

"I just have to be a little more patient," Carpenter said.

County officials said they've finished widening and building the road out. After the asphalt is complete, it'll be time to get drivers used to the new layout.

"A lot of the arrows and the lanes they are going to be changing so the driving motorists are going to be seeing a lot of changes," Enot said.

Drivers can expected different traffic patterns until May, when the entire project is scheduled to be complete.