Florida Turnpike’s eight service plazas are getting a $162-million makeover. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Denardo spoke with Florida Turnpike spokesman Chad Huff about why these renovations are necessary and how they will impact drivers.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPTurpikeQA.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.