Monroe County recently completed an approximately $1.1 million roadway and drainage improvement project in the Sexton Cove Estates subdivision of Key Largo.
The subdivision is located on the bayside of U.S. Highway 1, with the entrance at mile marker 105.
The scope of work included roadway reconstruction, widening, milling, overlaying existing road surfaces with asphaltic concrete pavement, regrading roadway shoulders, pavement markings, drainage and other roadway construction.
The project was designed with sea level rise projections based on 2015 tidal data. It was funded by infrastructure sales tax.
The project started before Hurricane Irma struck the Keys. There was no direct storm damage but there was minor pavement damage caused by heavy equipment used for Hurricane Irma debris removal.
The Port of Key West has been closed since September 8 prior to Hurricane Irma crossing the Florida Keys.
The restrictions for the Port of Key West include:
• Deep draft vessels may transit from the sea buoy to the Navy Outer Mole Pier, at normal charted depth during daylight hours if they have followed Notice of Arrival requirements
• All other areas of the port remain closed to vessel traffic. A safety zone established September 8, is being enforced. No person or vessel will be permitted to enter, transit through , anchor in or conduct cargo operations without obtaining permission from the Captain of the Port
Sept. 13, 2017: FDOT will assist in inspecting the County bridges that are not on U.S. 1.
FDOT crews also are coming from neighboring districts to begin cut and toss operations followed by debris removal along U.S. 1.
Key West City Manager Jim Scholl reports that all streets in the Key West are expected to be clear by the end of the day. Crews will soon begin to pick up the debris that has been shoved to the sides of streets.
Debris will be picked up from residences and businesses too in the days to come. The debris should be piled up near the road, but not block the road.
Sept. 12, 2017: In Key West, 80 percent of the roads are cleared of debris and it’s expected all streets will be passable soon. Debris removal to follow.
In Key Largo, New York Task Force 2 has worked with the Key Largo Volunteer Fire Department on search and rescue and moving debris.
In Islamorada, debris has been removed from all the side streets into a single path to make it possible to travel them. Debris removal will begin by Saturday.
Debris removal is taking place in all other parts of the County.
“Did anybody think after the epic hurricane that we experience that our streets are as clear as they are now,” Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi said. “We’ve been very fortunate public works and everyone in on this effort has been doing a heck of a job.”
Sept. 12, 2017: FDOT reports that it has inspected 100 percent of the 42 bridges along U.S. 1 and they are all safe for travel. FDOT also repaired two stretches of U.S. 1 that washed away, at MM 75 and MM 37, and they are ready for travel.
FDOT reports that “cut and toss” operations were completed on U.S. 1 today. Debris removal operations to haul it away will begin soon.
“Now it is safe to travel throughout U.S. 1,” FDOT reports.