Beach Repair Update

posted Mar 1, 2013, 4:32 PM by
It looks like the repairs at our beach at 27th St. have been completed on schedule! The seawall is repaired, and the beach access and parking lot are once again open to the public.
I also have an update from the City about the repairs on A1A:

State Road A1A Update

Share Your Ideas to Restore A1A by March 15!

Restore A1A

As the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) works to repair the section of A1A damaged by Hurricane Sandy and the Thanksgiving weekend storms, the City of Fort Lauderdale is looking for your ideas to renourish the beach and restore this vital section of roadway.

We encourage you to visit by Friday, March 15, to submit your ideas for the section of A1A between NE 14th Court and NE 18th Street. For more information and project updates, visit


A1A Restoration Update - February 28, 2013
Sheet Installation Continues; Turtle Monitoring Begins March 1

Photo of sheet pile installationThe Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and our contractor, Johnson Bros. Corp, continue to make progress on the $8.3 million emergency restoration of State Road A1A between NE 14 Court and NE 18 Street, north of Sunrise Boulevard, in Fort Lauderdale.

Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians should remain alert for slow moving construction vehicles entering and leaving the construction zone. Also, it is extremely important that pedestrians and beach-goers refrain from cutting through the construction site and use the beach access points on the north and south ends of the construction zone. We understand that this may be inconvenient, but your safely is of utmost importance.

Pre-drilling along the seawall alignment was completed this week and the drill rigs removed. The contractor completed clearing away the collapsed asphalt, the broken concrete sidewalk and old seawall. The contractor also completed filling the eroded areas.

Installation of the sheet piles for the new seawall, which began February 18, continues. Each 44-foot-long sheet is put into place by a custom-made sheet pile installation machine with telescoping boom and vibratory hammer.

The contractor monitors the vibration to insure that it is within the allowable range.

Five loads of sheet piles are delivered daily. The sheets are being stored on site along the alignment of the new wall.

The installation machine broke down on Friday, February 22. While repairs were being made, the company shipped another machine which arrived Monday. The new machine was assembled on site and in operation Tuesday. The sheet installation is still expected to be completed mid- to late-March. As the sheet installation progresses northward, a crew will begin placing a wood top, or cap, on the wall starting at the south end.

Beginning Friday, March 1, a turtle monitor will survey the entire project each morning before any work begins. This is a requirement of our environmental permit. The sea turtle survey will start 15 minutes prior to sunrise. The start time is based on the survey staff's ability to see turtle crawls. March 1 through 9, sunrise will be around 6:30 a.m. Sunrise will be an hour later starting March 10, when daylight savings time begins. In the event of an early morning lightning storm, the survey will be delayed until conditions are safe to access the beach.

The contractor is allowed to work seven days a week. As long as the daily turtle survey has been completed, they can work 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

When the wall is completed, the damaged roadway shoulder area will be paved. A1A in this area will be restriped to include one southbound bike lane, one southbound travel lane, a center left-turn lane, a northbound travel lane and a northbound bike lane. The sidewalk and parallel parking will remain on the west side of A1A. The temporary, orange/white barrier wall will be removed and replaced by a short, temporary curb on the east side of the northbound bike lane. The area between the new curb and the new seawall will be re-opened to beach-goers and pedestrians.

This section of A1A was damaged during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 and the Thanksgiving weekend

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All of us on the project team appreciate your cooperation and patience during these repairs. Should you have questions or concerns about this work, please feel free to contact FDOT's Public Information Office at 954-777-4090.


Barbara Kelleher
Public Information Director
Florida Department of Transportation District Four
3400 West Commercial Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale FL 33309
954-777-4090 or Toll-Free at 1-866-336-8435 ext. 4090