Construction begins this week on a $4.1 million roundabout and associated road improvements at crash-prone U.S. 1 and Old Dixie Highway just south of Bunnell. Drivers need to be aware of some major traffic modifications ahead, including traffic shifts and the closing of the existing intersection at U.S. 1 and Old Dixie.
The new patterns begin this week and will be in place for about seven months, when a different pattern will be necessary. Construction, contracted by the Florida Department of Transportation, will stretch over 15 months. The current shifts are needed to maintain traffic on U.S. 1 while construction of the northbound side of the new roundabout is completed.
The new traffic pattern will be as follows (see the diagram above):
This week southbound U.S. 1 will be reduced to one lane and be shifted slightly west onto new pavement.
Southbound U.S. 1 traffic heading to Old Dixie Highway will be directed to stay on southbound U.S. 1 and make a U-turn to return to Old Dixie Highway using northbound U.S. 1. Old Dixie Highway drivers heading to southbound U.S. 1 will have to turn onto northbound U.S. 1 and make a U-turn to access southbound U.S. 1.
Later this week, northbound U.S. 1 will be reduced to one lane and shifted west onto the existing southbound side of the roadway. Once this shift is made, U.S. 1 will have one lane in each direction through the project area. The speed limit will be reduced along U.S. 1 through the construction zone, and drivers are asked to be alert and use caution when traveling through the work area.
A new, temporary intersection connecting U.S. 1 with Old Dixie Highway and County Road 325 will be opened just north of the existing intersection. The existing intersection will be closed.
Once the northbound U.S. 1 traffic is shifted, drivers will not be able to get onto Park Place from U.S. 1.
Schedules may change due to weather or other circumstances. Electronic message boards and other signage will help to direct motorists. Updates are available at FlaglerLive’s Daily Briefing or on the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Central Florida website.
The roundabout is one of two that the transportation department will be building in Flagler. The second will be built at the intersection of Matanzas Woods Parkway and U.S. 1. A third roundabout, at Cody’s Corner on State Road 11, is planned, but is delayed indefinitely for now. The roundabouts are part of a broader trend in road engineering with many roundabouts replacing traditional four-way intersections across Florida as roundabouts are demonstrably safer, significantly reducing fatalities in crashes and the severity of crashes overall.