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In FDOT's plans for Flagler: Whiteview Parkway improvements, western county resurfacing, bike trails

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The Florida Department of Transportation proposes over $101 million in spending on projects in Flagler County.
by: Jonathan Simmons Senior Editor

The Florida Department of Transportation has proposed spending more than $101 million for road and trail projects in Flagler County between fiscal year 2022/2023 and 2026/2027. 

Katherine Alexander, in an image from a County Commission meeting livestream

The projects include a turn lane project on Whiteview Parkway, a series of resurfacing jobs out west, the reconstruction of Jungle Hut Road, and multi-use trails in the southern and northern ends of the county, among others, FDOT Program Management Administrator Katherine Alexander told county commissioners at a Jan. 10 commission meeting, laying out FDOT's tentative 5-year-plan for work in Flagler County. Much of the $101 million would go to road and bridge repairs. 

"A lot of collaboration, coordination, goes into building the tentative work program," Alexander said, "so that we can build a plan that is balanced against available resources and funding ... and that we meet all policies and regulations as well as program and priority objectives."

The plan will be formalized and adopted in July — it will then no longer be considered tentative — and will then go through an administrative and legislative approval process.

The current plan includes nine projects that are priorities for the county government, and one that's a priority for the River-to-Sea Transportation Planning Organization. 

Key projects include:

  • Traffic flow improvements on Whiteview parkway from U.S. 1 to Interstate 95 — including turning lanes, access management, lighting, and bike paths — with construction in the 2022/2023 fiscal year. Proposed funding: $4.7 million
  • Resurfacing of County Road 304 from County Road 305 to State Road 11, with construction in the 2025/2026 fiscal year. Proposed funding: $2.9 million
  • Widening and resurfacing of County Road 205 from S.R. 100 to a private dirt road, with construction in the 2024/2025 fiscal year. Proposed funding: $2 million 
  • Resurfacing and widening of various roadways in the Rima Ridge area, with construction in the 2026/2027 fiscal year. Proposed funding: $4.9 million
  • Resurfacing and repaving of Hargrove Grade from Otis Stone Hunter Road to east of the railroad crossing, with construction in the 2023/2024 fiscal year. Proposed funding: $3.6 million
  • Design for the paving of East Daytona North. Design would be funded in the 2022/2023 fiscal year. Proposed funding: $115,000. 
  • Design for flexible pavement reconstruction on Forest Park Street at County Road 35, from County Road 302 to State Road 100, with design funded for the 2024/2025 fiscal year. Proposed funding: $442,750
  • Design for widening and resurfacing of Walnut Avenue from Water Oak road to Forest Park Street, with design funded for the 2023/2024 fiscal year. Proposed funding: $250,000
  • Design for the reconstruction of Jungle Hut Road from North Oceanshore Boulevard to the beach, with design funded for the 2024/2025 fiscal year. Proposed funding: $120,000
  • Design for the resurfacing of Westmayer Place from the east end of the road to State Road A1A, with design funded for the 2023/2024 fiscal year. Proposed funding: $50,000
  • Design and construction of a bike path/trail on Old Kings Road from the Volusia County line to State Road 100, with design funded for the 2024/2025 fiscal year and construction funded for the 2026/2027 fiscal year. Proposed funding: $2.8 million
  • Design and construction for a parking facility for the U.S. 1 trailhead for the Lehigh Rail Trail, with design funded for the 2024/2025 fiscal year and construction funded for the 2026/2027 fiscal year. Proposed funding: $2.25 million
  • Design of a pedestrian and multi-use bridge over U.S. 1, with design funded for the 2023/2024 fiscal year. Proposed funding: $1.5 million

Alexander said that FDOT is already starting on a tentative work plan for the following five years, and is looking at the county's request to extend Commerce Parkway — the road that passes between the plots of land where the county is building a new Sheriff's Operations Center and a new library branch.

"We’re looking at options for that, and we’ll continue to collaborate on what’s needed for that and how the department could assist," she said. 

County Commissioner Greg Hansen asked her how flexible the 5-year-plan plan is, and which factors — for instance, input from the county or the state Legislature — could change it. 

Both could, she said.

"There is an opportunity as long as there’s a justification for it," she said. 

Commissioner David Sullivan emphasized the significance of the Commerce Parkway extension. 

"Commerce Parkway to me is an important project," Sullivan said. "... Our new Sheriff’s Office is being built over there; I believe the city of Bunnell will be building their offices on that same road, so I think that’s important to get moving."

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