City of Fort Lauderdale - A1A Updates
City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Venice of America

State Road A1A Restoration Updates

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A1A Restoration Update: Reconstruction of A1A in Fort Lauderdale Begins July 28, 2014

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and our project team will begin work the week of July 28, on the reconstruction of State Road A1A between Sunrise Boulevard and NE 18th Street in Fort Lauderdale.

This area of A1A was severely eroded during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 and the Thanksgiving weekend storms the following month. In early 2013, FDOT made emergency repairs in this area, including the installation of a new sheet pile sea wall.

The $11.8 million reconstruction project includes:

  • Constructing a wide beachfront promenade on the east side consisting of a paver sidewalk
  • Installing a decorative sea wall with accent lighting
  • Constructing a raised median in front of Birch State Park
  • Constructing median islands and left turn lanes in the residential section
  • Installing a new underground drainage system
  • Relocating underground utilities, adjusting manhole covers and restoring beach showers
  • Installing decorative, turtle-friendly pedestrian lighting on both sides of A1A
  • Installing signalized pedestrian crosswalks at Birch State Park, NE 15th Court and NE 17th Street
  • Installing new asphalt pavement on all lanes and parking spaces, new pavement markings and highway signs

FDOT’s contractor is Russell Engineering, Inc. Construction oversight will be handled by Calvin, Giordano & Associates, Inc. and FDOT.

Prior to construction starting, residents may see project staff videotaping the exteriors of the privacy walls along A1A. Also, from July 28 until mid-August, crews will be installing construction signs and concrete barrier walls that will identify the work zones.

Areas that will be affected by construction during Phase One – July 28 through December 2014

East side of A1A between Sunrise Boulevard and NE 14 Court
Parking spaces and sidewalk will be closed on the east side of A1A in this construction zone. Beach access points will be restricted. Pedestrians and beach goers will not be allowed to cut through the work zone. Two-way traffic, bike lane, parking and sidewalk will be maintained on the west side of A1A.

West side of A1A between NE 14 Court and NE 18 Street
Parking spaces and sidewalk will be closed on the west side of A1A in this construction zone. Access will be maintained to side streets and driveways. Two-way traffic, bike lane, parking and sidewalk will be maintained on the east side of A1A.
The contractor is authorized to work Monday through Saturday between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. The project is expected to be completed in 506 calendar days, however, the contractor can earn a bonus for completing the project up to 100 days early. Note: After this project is completed landscaping will be installed in the raised median and planter areas along the east side promenade under a separate contract.

If you know someone that would like to receive project email updates, please send their address to with a subject line of "A1A Updates," and remind them to put this address on their "safe sender" list. Also, people can follow us on Twitter @MyFDOT_SEFL.

The A1A Reconstruction Team thanks our project neighbors for their patience and cooperation during this work. Should you have any 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
FDOT District Four
Office 954-777-4090
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