By Rich Pollack
The Florida Department of Transportation will offer a preview this month of a major road-improvement project on State Road A1A through Highland Beach and part of Delray Beach that will include lane closures and other disruptions.
A public meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 31 at Highland Beach Town Hall will share information about the $8.8 million resurfacing project, which is scheduled to begin in spring 2024 and continue until summer 2025.
The meeting, which will also be available virtually and posted online afterward, will include a presentation followed by an opportunity for people to ask questions.
Project manager Brad Salisbury said in addition to the resurfacing, the work will include 5-foot-wide bicycle lanes on both sides of A1A as well as improvements to drainage in swales.
The drainage improvements, designed to keep water from pooling on the roadway after a heavy rain, have long been sought by town leaders, while bicyclists have long expressed wishes for marked bicycle lanes.
To accommodate the bicycle lanes, Salisbury said, the pavement will need to be wider, with much of the expansion occurring on the west side of A1A. The project will also include upgrades to signage and pavement markings.
“There are going to be construction impacts and impacts to some landscaping,” he said.
To reduce inconveniences to motorists, work on the 3.35 miles of A1A will be done in phases, with work crews directing traffic during single-lane closures. Impacts to pedestrians are not expected, and engineers say access to all properties will be maintained throughout the project.
Those wishing to attend the meeting virtually or in person are asked to register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/520314613533228046
Participants can also dial in by calling 213-929-4221 and using access code 896-220-094.
A recording of the meeting will be posted at http://bit.ly/3LbAv9K.
“This is a good opportunity for residents to learn about the impacts they can expect for the duration of the project,” Highland Beach Town Manager Marshall Labadie said.