If you’re planning on traveling on U.S. 301 this weekend, you may have to add some additional time to your trip. The Florida Department of Transportation is shutting down U.S. 301 in both directions just south of State Road 100 in Starke. Traffic will be detoured beginning at 7 p.m. tomorrow night to allow work crews to replace a railroad crossing. Gina Busscher, the public information officer with the Florida Department of Transportation says drivers should budget about an extra half-hour into their trip time. She adds that a number of different detours will be available to drivers and signs will be posted to let people know where to go. U.S. 301 is expected to reopen by 7 p.m. Sunday night. Busscher describes what detour will be in place.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Busscher4.mp3]
Florida Department of Transportation crews began rock and sand revetment Wednesday on the shoreline along State Road A1A as part of its emergency recovery effort after Tropical Storm Ian ravaged the state’s Atlantic coast. Rock revetment absorbs energy from incoming waves and prevents damage from coastal erosion by layering stone and sand on shorelines to create a barrier between the ocean and the shore. FDOT crews will use coquina rock between South 9th Street and South 23rd Street to return the beach’s shoreline to its pre-storm conditions. The crews will work during the day, and the project is estimated to take about two weeks to complete. FDOT asks pedestrians and motorists to use caution and obey traffic signs directing them through the work area.