FL - From Pier to Walkovers to Sea Walls to Paving and Dunes, an Update on A1A’s Numerous Projects Ahead
A planning application to replace a storm-damaged 360-foot seawall on Seven Mile Beach has prompted a call for a new government policy to protect Cayman’s coastline and reefs.
As the Florida Department of Transportation, Volusia County, Flagler County and the City of Flagler Beach continue to move forward with several projects along State Road A1A, the transportation department today issued the following update on the numerous projects ahead, with relevant links to each project details. The list does not include Flagler County’s ongoing dune-rebuilding, taking place in segments north of Flagler Beach:
- Beach Renourishment Project in Flagler County. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is on schedule to advertise the project for initial construction in spring 2024, with work beginning in summer 2024. The USACE federal project extends approximately 2.6 miles from 7th Street South to 28th Street South in the City of Flagler Beach. Flagler County is currently working on extending the project as part of initial construction south of 28th Street South and north of 7th Street South pending additional discussions with multiple parties including USACOE, FDOT, the City of Flagler Beach and the Flagler Board of County Commissioners. See: “Army Corps Issues Permit Notice for New, 828-ft Flagler Beach Pier, Detailing Construction and Seeking Public Input.”
- Buried Seawalls in Volusia and Flagler counties (FDOT project numbers 452443-1 and 452444-1). The project team is continuing work to secure the necessary environmental permits and is working on design of the walls. FDOT is still hoping to be able to begin construction in late 2023 or early 2024. Currently, the project team plans to begin work on the Flagler County portion of the walls first. For questions, please contact FDOT Project Managers Ty Garner at Ty.Garner@dot.state.fl.us or Joseph Fontanelli at Joseph.Fontanelli@dot.state.fl.us.
- City of Flagler Beach Walkovers and Pier. The City is continuing work to restore the walkovers that were damaged. The City reminds residents and visitors to stay off walkovers that are closed, even if they appear to have been repaired. To be safe for public use, the walkovers must have the handrails installed. The City’s project team is also progressing with design of the new fishing pier. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2024. For more information, please contact the City of Flagler Beach Deputy City Clerk Kathleen Settle at email@example.com.
- Volusia County Walkover Repairs. The County is actively restoring walkovers that were damaged in 2022. Major repairs to walkovers located within the planned seawall areas in northern Volusia County will not be made until after the walls are constructed. Volusia County is also placing sand in critical areas and expects to partner with the USACE in late 2024 on a beneficial reuse plan related to the Ponce Inlet and Intracoastal Waterway dredge projects. Questions about beach restoration and walkovers should be directed to Volusia County at Beach Access and Recovery (volusia.org).