Halifax Paving finished repairs on the 1.3 mile stretch of A1A, ahead of schedule.
One month to the day after Hurricane Matthew destroyed 1.3 miles of State Road A1A in Flagler Beach, the road was re-opened.
“To look at this roadway today, and where it was just 30 days ago… it’s just amazing,” Gov. Rick Scott said.
The governor, other elected officials, Florida Department of Transportation workers, and residents, stood in the parking lot of Oceanside Beach Bar & Grill to see the road re-opened. Like many businesses, the owners of Oceanside had moved their entrance to Central Ave., so they could stay open while the main road was closed.
“When we came here with the governor one month ago, I actually took a piece of asphalt from the roadway, and it’s been sitting in the center of my desk,” Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation Jim Boxold said.
After visiting the site in October, Scott issued an emergency order to get State Road A1A re-opened as quickly as possible. Halifax Paving Inc. of Ormond Beach, was awarded the contract, and will receive nearly a $1 million bonus for the early completion.
“I asked DOT if they could do it quickly, and we started out thinking it would take 45 days,” Scott said. “They did it in 18 days. Congratulations to everybody made that happen. We appreciate the residents bearing with us; we appreciate the businesses bearing with us. We know we have a lot more work to do in terms of function-ability and repair, but the beauty of that roadway functioning is that now we have the time we need, to work with the permitting agencies, to deal with the seawall, to deal with the dunes -- to get the permanent solution to this roadway correct.”
Flagler Beach Mayor Linda Provencher gave the governor a big hug and expressed town’s appreciation.
“The entire city of Flagler Beach wants to thank you for what you did for a small community. You could have overlooked us,” Provencher said. “Thanks to all of the workers who made it happen. They worked day and night, even when people got in their way to go down on the beach.”
Provencher said she initially thought it would take at least a year to re-open the road, and spoke about another benefit of the accelerated repair.
“Now we have time to sit back, and decide what we want to do to the dunes,” Provencher said. “We want to protect the road and the dunes.”
The speed limit, for the 1.3 mile stretch of road has been lowered to 25 mph, while work continues on the dunes and the beach. An abbreviated Jersey wall separates the road from the dunes.
Rep. Paul Renner said the project was a testament to FDOT.
“Since I came into office, just a year ago, people always told me how great the FDOT is, and this is evidence of that,” Renner said.
“We can’t thank you enough for opening our road. It is the main artery of our town,” Provencher said to Scott.
“It’s part of the history of the State,” Scott responded.