By Jane Smith
Work is underway at two Delray Beach barrier island intersections to replace the crosswalk pavers.
The replacement work at the Atlantic Avenue intersections at Gleason Street and at Venetian Drive will be finished Dec. 3, said Isaac Kovner, city engineer and project manager.
The Florida Department of Transportation owns Atlantic Avenue on the barrier island, Kovner said. The pavers are worn and need to be replaced, but FDOT no longer allows pavers. The department lets cities use stamped concrete, which can look like pavers, Kovner said.
But FDOT pays only for the basics and considers stamped concrete an upgrade, Kovner said. That’s why the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency has agreed to cover the $329,965 cost to R&D Paving LLC of West Palm Beach.
The Beach Property Owners’ Association did not push for the pavers to be replaced, said Andy Katz, a trustee of the group. “We did alert our members about the work,” he said.
The pavers will be replaced in two phases, Kovner said, first in the inner two lanes of Atlantic at the Gleason Street and Venetian Drive intersections, then in the outside lanes.
That way, traffic will keep moving on Atlantic Avenue, Kovner said.
All disturbed areas will be restored before the project ends.
For questions or concerns about the project, Kovner can be reached at 243-7341.