Temporary repairs to open lanes on State Road A1A in Flagler Beach are underway this week, and are projected to be completed and ready for two-way traffic by the end of November. The effort comes in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, which caused extensive damage to SR A1A, followed by a steady stream of state and federal officials, who pledged their help to ensure a rebuilt road on the barrier island.
Last week, after visiting the area of destruction, Gov. Rick Scott directed the Florida Department of Transportation to expedite the restoration of two-way traffic on A1A in Flagler Beach to get our communities back to work as quickly and safely as possible.
The transportation department selected Halifax Paving, Inc. to do the work. The firm was one of five invited to bid. The winning bid is roughly $3.95 million. The timetable for completion is 45 days, and there are additional monetary incentives to get the project completed early. The repair project covers approximately 1.3 miles, from South 9th Street to South 22nd Street in Flagler Beach, and the primary focus is to reopen SR A1A to accommodate two way traffic with temporary lanes. The contractor began work today.
The temporary lanes will shift west, encroaching on right of way but not on private property. The lanes will be 10 feet wide each, instead of 12 feet, and the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph.
As construction begins, an open house is scheduled for the public to learn more about the project. The open house runs from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, at Flagler Beach City Hall, 105 S. Second Street. Meeting participants may attend any time during the scheduled hours to learn more. Project information will be available for review, and FDOT representatives will be available to discuss the project, answer questions, and receive comments.
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