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Delray Beach: Work resumes on beach enhancement project

Delray Beach plans to have the sidewalk work along A1A finished by the Fourth of July. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith

Now that tourist season has ended, MBR Construction has returned to fine-tuning its work along the promenade on the west side of Delray Beach’s municipal beach.
“We wanted to wait until the tourists were gone,” said Missie Barletto, deputy director in Delray Beach’s Public Works Department. All of the work is scheduled to be done by the Fourth of July holiday.
Starting at Casuarina Road, about 160 linear feet of sidewalk was ripped out because the color didn’t match, she said. That area is fenced off until the sidewalk’s scheduled completion in early June.
The Fort Lauderdale-based firm will move its construction work zone from the south to the north end of the city’s beach. Walkers and runners will be diverted to the west side of A1A in the construction zones.
Also, the northbound bicycle lane will be narrowed during the construction. Bicyclists are urged to use caution when riding on A1A.
On-street parking in the work zone will not be allowed. Parking is available in nearby city-owned lots.
Concrete sidewalks at the north and south sides of the main pavilion at Atlantic Avenue also are being replaced.
In addition, 21 new backless benches will be placed along the promenade near the beach entrances between Casuarina and the north end where the knee wall starts, according to the city’s website. More benches will be placed in front of the main pavilion.
Memorial bricks, created as a substitute for those who paid for plaques on the old benches, will be installed at the base of the flagpole during this time.
For questions about the project, call city engineer Isaac Kovner at 243-7341.

Reclaimed water project
The final construction leg of the reclaimed water line is underway on the barrier island. Along with the reclaimed water lines, the city is installing new water, sewer and storm water lines from Lewis Cove south to Del Haven Boulevard.
For walkers and bicyclists, that means parts of the sidewalk and bike lanes along southbound A1A will be closed from Casuarina Road south to Linton Boulevard between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 31.

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