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Old Dixie Roundabout Contractor Halts Work For Being ‘Considerably’ Ahead of Schedule, and of Utility Shifts

| April 12, 2019

The Old Dixe roundabout project in late March. (© FlaglerLive)

The Old Dixe roundabout project in late March. (© FlaglerLive)

P & S Paving of Daytona Beach has halted work on the $4.1 million roundabout project at Old Dixie Highway and U.S. 1 because it is “considerably” ahead of schedule and utility companies have not caught up to move some utilities, a Florida Department of Transportation Official said today. The utilities have until the end of April to move their structures.

FlaglerLive late this week got a report that the contractor had walked off the job last week because the utilities wouldn’t move the structures.

“It’s not inaccurate,” Steve Olson, a spokesperson for DOT, said today, but it was not the whole story. P&S got so ahead of schedule, he said, that “the utility companies have not had a chance to catch up.” The utility companies–Florida Power and Light and AT&T–are within their schedule, and have until the end of April to move structures, among them a utility [pole in front of the White Eagle Lounge at the intersection.

“The contractor got to the point where they can’t do any more work until the utilities are moved,” Olson said. The project as a whole is still on schedule. Asked why the utilities haven;t kept up with P&S, Olson said he could not speculate. He compared the situation to “”going to battle and maybe you overextend your supply lines.”

“In the grand scheme of things we’re still on time,” Olson said.

Initially estimated to cost $2.9 million, the project began in January. It is scheduled to take 15 months. It will result in a large roundabout at the intersection, one of the most crash-prone in Flagler, with six fatalities in 2016. “The roundabout will accommodate two travel lanes on northbound U.S. 1 and will include a bypass lane for southbound U.S. 1 traffic traveling through the intersection,” the project description states. “Both Old Dixie Highway and C.R. 325 will connect directly to U.S. 1. The project also includes drainage improvements, landscaping in the center of the roundabout and new lighting, as well as signing and pavement markings.”

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8 Responses for “Old Dixie Roundabout Contractor Halts Work For Being ‘Considerably’ Ahead of Schedule, and of Utility Shifts”

  1. Mark says:

    Prior proper planning prevents piss poor performance!

  2. Mick nolty says:

    And this is what happens when u have union jobs.. fpl and at&t move at a snail’s pace so they can milk there hourly rate and work half as hard as any body around

  3. Unknown says:

    @mick yea because it’s the technicians fault that no new poles have been set and the work hasn’t came to them .ever think that maybe the engineers might have something to do with it or maybe they have other work in the area that takes presidence …proud AT&T employee that works for everybit of the benefits the union provides

  4. Bill says:

    This says all one needs to know without Attacking the utility companies.
    ” P&S got so ahead of schedule, The utility companies–Florida Power and Light and AT&T–are within their schedule, and have until the end of April”.

  5. Derrick Redder says:

    2.9 to over 4 million for a unneeded wasteful expenditure for which we the property taxpayers are paying for. A simple set of traffic signals even a blinking yellow and red traffic light with a traffic sensor on Old Dixie whould have cost a fraction of this even without dipping into the slush fund.

  6. Concerned Citizen says:

    So how long will this construction site sit abandoned?

    Every time this County gets involved in something it gets stopped then sits. The County fervently worked on the old Bank at Palm Harbor and Old Kings for months. Then problems “showed up” and now it sits unusable for FCSO.

    I also wonder how long the County will let the Sears building sit dormant after dropping a million dollars of OUR tax money on it? See the pattern? And those were “small projects” not involving the State.

    I just have to wonder what the hell is wrong with this County sometimes.

  7. Mr G says:

    a simple red light would of been enough lets see how many accidents we have after completion of this stupid roundabout….

  8. So hudson says:

    People are use to traffic lights.Found abouts are confusing. Traffic lights are not so confusing. Just saying.

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