Dorian takes it easy on local roads damaged by prior storms

Hurricane Dorian blew across the barrier island last week without further damaging the north end of State Road A1A or the 17th Avenue Bridge, which had been roughed up by prior storms.

Florida Department of Transportation contractors resumed work last Thursday on the Hurricane Matthew Restoration Project on A1A near Ambersand Beach after a week off for the storm and Labor Day weekend, said FDOT spokesman Guillermo Canedo.

Dorian caused minor erosion on the Indian River Lagoon shoreline west of the A1A sidewalk, but didn’t affect the $5.4 million project, Canedo said.

FDOT is repairing the road surface, building a new seawall and installing an 8-foot-wide sidewalk in response to damage done by Hurricane Mathew in October 2016. The project is expected to be completed by next summer.

FDOT inspectors found no damage to the 17th Avenue Bridge following Hurricane Dorian, Canedo said. It is also known as the Alma Lee Loy Bridge and is part of State Road 656.

High winds from Hurricane Irma in September 2017 knocked down several street light poles on the bridge and damaged the railings and concrete barrier.

Construction on FDOT’s $1.1 million Hurricane Irma Lighting and Barrier Wall Repair Project is still set to start in the spring and be completed in the fall, Canedo said.

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