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Once Reviled, Bunnell Bypass’ New Direction Gets Eager Support as Economic Engine

| August 21, 2018

The Flagler County Commission approved an application for an $8 million grant that would build a bypass around south Bunnell, seen as an economic development engine.

Residents Largely Opposed, But Construction For 2 Roundabouts on US 1 Slated For 2019

| August 10, 2018

State officials unveiled plans Thursday for a $2.2 million roundabout at Matanzas Woods Parkway and U.S. 1, with construction starting next summer. Another roundabout at U.S. 1 and Old Dixie Highway begins construction sooner.

After Noting Many “Deficiencies” In Flagler’s Public Transportation System, State Ordered 2 Buses Off the Roads

| July 27, 2018

Last November state inspectors noted 45 “deficiencies” in Flagler County’s public transportation system, and last week ordered two buses off the roads because safety problems had not been addressed.

Sunrail Schedule Increases to 20 Round-Trips Ahead of Expansion With 4 More Stations

| July 19, 2018

Sunrail’s expansion adds 17 more miles and four new stations starting July 30, for a total of 39 miles in Orange, Volusia and Osceola counties.

In Wake of Hurricane Irma’s Messy Evacuation and Fuel Shortages, Study Will Seek Improvements

| June 13, 2018

An Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University team is studying Hurricane Irma’s mass evacuation to provide recommendations for a smoother exodus in the future.

Roundabout Construction at US1 and Old Dixie Will Start In a Few Months Despite Opposition

| April 30, 2018

Construction of the much-opposed roundabout at U.S. 1 and Old Dixie Highway in Flagler is expected to start after August absent intervention by the governor or lawmakers.

On Florida Park Drive, Council Wants a Stop To Traffic-Calming Proposals That Dead-End

| April 10, 2018

Palm Coast council member blames the city administration for not acting on several proposals to help reduce traffic, pollution and noise along Florida Park Drive.

Flagler Airport Chief Roy Sieger Calls Fuel Tax Cut Proposed By Renner Committee “Ridiculous,” and Loses

| February 15, 2018

Airport Director Sieger spoke before Paul Renner’s Ways and Means Committee, but Renner, the Palm Coast Republican, voted with the committee to approve the tax cut.

Address Florida’s Deadly Rail Crossings Now, During 2018 Session

| January 23, 2018

Between 2011 and 2017, there were a total of 105 deaths on more than 350 miles of Florida East Coast Railway tracks, which also run through Bunnell. A rail safety bill needs legislative support.

Strident Opposition to Roundabout at US1 and Old Dixie Even As Another Crash Results In Critical Injury

| January 19, 2018

There was no doubt as to the near-unanimity and depth of opposition to a roundabout at the intersection of US1 and Old Dixie by the end of a one-hour public hearing.

Roundabout at U.S. 1 and Old Dixie Will Save Lives, But Resistance Is Expected

| January 18, 2018

Those used to roundabouts love them, those not hate them: traffic experts say the roundabout at US1 and Old Dixie can work well with good design and education.

Lighting and Sign Improvements Coming to 3 Flagler Interchanges on I-95

| December 6, 2017

Interchanges at Palm Coast Parkway, State Road 100 and Old Dixie Highway will see improvements between 2018 and 2019 in a $5.6 million project.

Sheriff Again Urges Transportation Secretary to Improve Safety at “Deadly” White Eagle Intersection

| November 22, 2017

The transportation department last February largely ignored recommendations by Sheriff Rick Staly for more safety measures at the crash-prone intersection on U.S. 1. Staly again wrote the transportation department on Tuesday.

A New, Not Much Improved A1A in Flagler Beach: Median, 30MPH, Drainage, But No Added Protection

| November 3, 2017

The state transportation department presented details of the summer construction of A1A from South 9th to South 22nd streets. The project got mixed reviews from Flagler Beach residents.

New RaceTrac Gas Station Coming To Old Kings and SR100, Apartment Complex Eyed

| November 2, 2017

Hidden Lakes residents spoke in opposition to a zoning change allowing a 136-unit apartment complex at Old Kings Road just north of Kings Pointe.

County Road 13 Re-Construction Nears Completion $1 Million Under Budget

| October 30, 2017

The project, started in May, was paid for through a pair of state grants totaling $3.6 million. Money not used returns to the state, to be awarded on other projects.

Palm Coast Will Spend $200,000 To Add “Palm Coast” Sign On I-95 Overpass, Double Original Estimate

| September 29, 2017

The cost is two to four times more than a previous council was told in 2016, and the money comes out of a fund that pays for street improvements.

Palm Coast Hires $200,000 Consultant To Figure Out What Roads To Pave Next, and How

| August 2, 2017

The consultant will help the city figure out cheaper ways to resurface its 550 miles of streets than the method it’s been using for years, starting with an inventory of roads, cracks and sidewalks.

Widening and Resurfacing of County Road 305 From Haw Creek Bridge Begins Aug. 7

| August 1, 2017

The project extends from the Haw Creek Bridge, just south of the S curve, for 2.7 miles towards County Road 304. The roadway will remain open during construction, with single-lane closures as needed.

Divided Palm Coast Council Sticks With Controversial FPL Path in F-Section, But Alternatives Still Possible

| June 20, 2017

The 3-2 vote to stick with the FPL path leading to Matanzas High School doesn’t yet kill alternatives, including the possibility of a temporary footpath along Old Kings Road, the city manager pledged.

Rideshare South: Why Way Fewer Teens Are Bothering With a Driver’s License

| March 4, 2017

The drop has been sharpest in the South, where the share of high school seniors with a driver’s license fell from 88.6 percent in 1996 to 71.2 percent in 2015.

Going Gray: Can Our Car-Centric Towns Adjust to Aging Baby Boomers?

| January 15, 2017

The millions of boomers who will grow old in Palm Coast-like exurbs will put pressure on local governments to spend more on everything from transportation to senior services.

New A1A Options Include Moving It to Central and Daytona Avenues, and 5.2-Mile Sea Wall

| December 15, 2016

Six options for the future A1A in Flagler Beach were unveiled by the stat Transportation Department Thursday, three of them including a huge (but buried) sea wall, and three shifting traffic to Central and Daytona Avenues.

Repairs on Speed: A1A Reopens to Governor’s Applause as Businesses Cheer With Relief

| November 7, 2016

The remarkably swift emergency repairs to the road on a state government emergency contract to Halifax Paving turned what could have been a death knell to many businesses into a setback, now overcome.

Gov. Scott Orders State Transportation Department to Expedite A1A Reopening in Flagler Beach

| October 20, 2016

The transportation department, in response to Scott’s order, said restoring traffic on A1A in Flagler Beach is now the Number 1 priority in the state. About 1.4 miles of road was damaged and closed.

Sen. Bill Nelson, in Flagler Beach, Pledges to Kick “Posteriors” to Channel Repair Dollars for Road and Beach

| October 19, 2016

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, the latest in a string of state and federal officials to visit the damaged Barrier Island, stressed support for a re-nourished beach and a rebuilt A1A with federal dollars covering 75 to 90 percent of the cost.

Damaged State Road A1A in Flagler Beach Will Re-Open as 2-Lane Road in 3 to 4 Months

| October 19, 2016

The two-lane road will be an emergency fix, with narrower lanes, a barrier wall on the ocean side, and a speed limit lowered to 25 mph, but it will be a boon to businesses that continue to be ravaged by its current closure.

Forest Grove Drive Access to Old Kings Road North Closes Permanently

| July 25, 2016

This permanent road closure is the final step in the recent construction of the Old Kings Road extension on the west side of Forest Grove and the Palm Harbor Parkway extension on its east side.

No More Hairpin Curve as Old Kings Road Extension Around Matanzas High Opens, Last of Big Projects

| June 27, 2016

The extension’s opening marks the last of a series of major road projects intended to improve traffic flow around Palm Coast, and in this case in particular around Matanzas High School.

In Feud’s Latest Distortion, Palm Coast Blames County for “Killing” $600,000 City Road Grant

| May 31, 2016

Palm Coast and the county are at it again, but in this case the city appears to have misrepresented the county’s intention not to violate the law in the latest flare-up of an ongoing feud between City Manager Jim Landon and County Administrator Craig Coffey.

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