A1A Repairs from Hurricane Sandy

posted Jan 19, 2013, 9:16 AM by andy@lauderdalebeach.org   [ updated Jan 19, 2013, 9:19 AM ]

Letter to the Public from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Regarding Work on State Road A1A

January 17, 2013

Dear Neighbor:

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is asking for the public's assistance during a $8.3 million project to repair the section of State Road A1A that was damaged during Hurricane Sandy in October and the Thanksgiving weekend storms in November. The work is taking place between approximately NE 14th Court and NE 18th Street on Fort Lauderdale Beach, north of Sunrise Boulevard.

Huge cranes and other heavy equipment is being used for this work. Signs have been posted warning beachgoers not to enter or walk through the work area. Beachgoers should use the sidewalk on the west side of A1A and beach access points to the north and south of the construction area. It may be less convenient, but citizen safety is of utmost importance. Also, the metered parking spaces along the east side of A1A in this area will be closed during construction. The roadway will remain open in its current configuration throughout the project.

Construction activity is expected to escalate next week with pre-drilling work in preparation for the installation of sheet pile along the eastern edge of the damaged portion of A1A to stabilize the road. Pre-drilling will help reduce vibration during the sheet pile driving, which is anticipated to begin in mid-February. The contractor expects to begin on the south end of the project and work north.

FDOT anticipates the work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Johnson Brothers Corp., which is located in Lithia near Tampa, was awarded a 120-day contract on January 3. Crews have been  removing sections of the concrete wall and sidewalk, both north and south of the "orange fence" area, and making other preparations for the pile driving.

Once the pile driving is completed, Broward County will begin beach restoration efforts. Dump trucks will be hauling in about 24,600 cubic yards of sand to spread on the beach.

Following the restoration work, the roadway will be restriped to include one northbound lane, one southbound lane and a center left-turn lane along with a northbound bike lane. The temporary, orange/white barrier wall will be removed. The sidewalk, bike lane and parallel parking will remain on the west side of A1A. The east side of the road will be re-opened to beach-goers and pedestrians.

If you know someone that would like to receive these email updates, please send their address to Barbara.Kelleher@dot.state.fl.us with a Subject line of A1A Updates. Also, you can follow us on Twitter @MyFDOT_SEFL.

We appreciate your cooperation and patience during these repairs. Should you have questions or concerns about this work, please feel free to contact our Construction Public Information Officer, Ms. Miranda Iglesias, at 954-940-7585 or FDOT's Public Information Office at954-777-4090

Regards,

Barbara Kelleher
Public Information Director
Florida Department of Transportation District Four
3400 West Commercial Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale FL 33309
E-mail: Barbara.Kelleher@dot.state.fl.us
954-777-4090 or Toll-Free at 1-866-336-8435 ext. 4090
www.dot.state.fl.us

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