FDOT A1A Reconstruction Project Update - August 29, 2014
Work is progressing on the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) major reconstruction of A1A between Sunrise Boulevard and NE 18 Street in Fort Lauderdale. Our contractor, Russell Engineering, is slightly ahead of schedule. After the Labor Day holiday, new work activities are expected to begin.
Current conditions in the project corridor are:
- One northbound and one southbound travel lane are open with a traffic shift near NE 14 Court. Motor vehicles and bicycles are sharing the travel lanes. The speed limit is 25 MPH. A1A through traffic should yield to vehicles turning in/out of driveways and side streets between NE 14 Court and NE 18 Street.
- On-street parking has been removed until the project is completed. Beach goers may park at Birch State Park and access the beach via the A1A crosswalk or the pedestrian tunnel under A1A. Parking is also available at various lots and side streets north and south of the project corridor. No public parking is available on the side streets within the project.
- The sidewalk is open on the west side of A1A from Sunrise Boulevard to NE 14 Court and on the east side of A1A from NE 14 Court to NE 18 Street. There is a designated pedestrian crosswalk at NE 14 Court to transition from one side of A1A to the other.
- Safety is of the utmost importance. Pedestrians, joggers, bicyclists and beach goers should refrain from going around barricades and barrier walls into or through the construction areas.
Between Sunrise Boulevard and NE 14 Court:
- Crews are working on the east side of A1A in this segment beginning at Sunrise Boulevard and moving north. They are removing the old concrete sea wall, sidewalk and curb, removing existing asphalt from the travel lanes and parking area, excavating the roadbed and relocating drainage structures. These activities will continue after Labor Day.
- Some beach access points are temporarily closed due to this work. To avoid walking through an active construction area, beach goers should use the west sidewalk and safely cross A1A directly to an open beach access.
Between NE 14 Court and NE 18 Street:
- Crews are working on the west side of A1A in this segment beginning at NE 14 Court and moving north. They are removing the asphalt from parking spaces and travel lanes.
- After the Labor Day holiday, crews will begin removing the sidewalk on the west side of A1A adjacent to the residential privacy walls, excavating the roadbed and working on underground utilities.
- Removing the sidewalk and excavating the roadbed will create a large drop off. Pedestrians should not walk around barrier walls into this area. Also, residents that have a pedestrian gate opening onto A1A in this area are advised to avoid using the gate until the sidewalk is restored.
- Access is being maintained to all driveways and side streets on the west side of A1A.
- Pedestrian access in/out of the side streets is available at each intersection. Pedestrians coming out of driveways or the side streets should proceed directly across A1A to the east side walkway. At the south end of this segment, near NE 14 Court, there is a designated pedestrian crosswalk to the west sidewalk.
Project Overview & Schedule:
This work is part of an $11.8 million project that includes: Constructing a wide paver brick beachfront promenade on the east side of A1A; 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; restoring beach showers; installing decorative, turtle-friendly pedestrian lighting on both sides of A1A; installing signalized pedestrian crosswalks at Birch State Park, NE 15 Court and NE 17 Street; installing new asphalt pavement on all lanes and parking spaces; installing new pavement markings and highway signs.
When completed, there will be a wide sidewalk on both sides of A1A, one northbound and one southbound travel lane, one northbound and one southbound bike lane, a northbound left turn lane in the residential section, 232 on-street parking spaces and 17 beach access points.
Construction began on July 28 and is expected to be completed by late 2015.
A1A Reconstruction Team:
FDOT, Russell Engineering, Inc, Calvin, Giordano & Associates, Inc. and City of Fort Lauderdale.
For More Information:
If you know someone that would like to receive these project updates, have them send an email to Barbara.Kelleher@dot.state.fl.us with a Subject line of A1A Updates.
Should you have questions about the project, please feel free to contact FDOT’s Public Information Office by phone at 954-777-4090 or email at FDOT_D4PIO@dot.state.fl.us. Follow us on Twitter @ MyFDOT_SEFL.
Traffic Shifts Begin on A1A Reconstruction Project
Traffic shifts began on August 6, 2014 on A1A between Sunrise Boulevard and NE 18 Street as part of the $11.8 million A1A Reconstruction Project, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) officials report. The traffic shifts will occur as construction crews begin placing construction barrels and concrete barrier wall segments to identify the work zone. Crews are scheduled to be on site between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Short traffic delays are expected in this area.
- Parking spaces and sidewalk will be closed on the east side of A1A between Sunrise Boulevard and NE 14 Court through the end of 2014. Beach access points will be restricted.
- Parking spaces and sidewalk will be closed on the west side of A1A between NE 14 Court and NE 18 Street through the end of 2014. Access will be maintained to side streets and residential driveways.
- Pedestrians and beachgoers will not be allowed to cut through the work zones and should follow directional signs to pedestrian crossings and open beach access points.
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 Barbara.Kelleher@dot.state.fl.us 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.
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