Reopening of Highway A1A in Florida to be expedited per governor's orders

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | Friday, October 21, 2016

Most roadways in Florida are clear after Hurricane Matthew caused major flooding in eastern coastal parts of the state, but one major roadway is still closed. On Thursday, Oct. 20, Gov. Rick Scott directed the Florida Department of Transportation to expedite the reopening of A1A in Flagler Beach.

Approximately 1.3 miles of A1A was damaged after Hurricane Matthew struck the area earlier this month. The detour can be viewed here.

According to a news release from the governor, A1A will reopen no later than 45 days after the contract has been executed. The execution of the contract is expected sometime over the weekend, and construction will begin early next week.

Temporary northbound and southbound lanes will be installed on A1A, shifting the highway farther to the west. Southbound traffic will use new, temporary pavement. Meanwhile, the lane that did not incur damage will be traffic-ready for northbound traffic.

Gov. Scott’s urgency comes as both businesses and residents have been affected by limited access resulting from the highway closure. The current detour will be shortened to increase access to businesses and homes. Efforts to shorten the detour are already underway.

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