Florida Gov. Rick Scott said last week that A1A, the historic and picturesque coastal byway in Flagler Beach that had been closed after being compromised and damaged by Hurricane Matthew, has reopened after a 1.3 mile stretch of damaged roadway was restored.
The announcement came just 18 days after Scott requested the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to speed up the re-establishment of two-way traffic on A1A.
“During Hurricane Matthew, A1A was severely damaged and required extensive restoration,” Scott said. “Following the storm, I toured the damage along our east coast, including the destruction to A1A, and spoke with families and businesses recovering from this major hurricane. The Flagler Beach community relies on A1A for its livelihood and the road needed to be fixed immediately.”
“Today (Nov. 7), I am proud to be in Flagler Beach to announce that just 18 days after directing the Florida Department of Transportation to expedite the repair of this road, A1A is once again open to the public,” Scott said. “As we recover from Hurricane Matthew, our top priority is to get people back to work and back in their normal routines. I appreciate the hard work that went into making this happen so quickly.”
FDOT Secretary Jim Boxold thanked Scott for his leadership during the recent hurricanes and for his efforts to expedite the restoration of two-way traffic on A1A.
“Getting this impacted area of Flagler Beach moving again has been my number one priority," Boxold said. "I appreciate the partnership between the community, the department and Halifax Paving to restore north-south traffic on A1A as quickly as possible. Going forward, we will continue to work with the community and elected leaders for a permanent solution to the storm damaged roadway.”
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