Many Gator football fans will be passing through Paynes Prairie this weekend while making their way to Gainesville for the first game of the season. That section of I-75 is the same area where several people lost their lives in a series of crashes in late January because of dense smoke from a nearby wildfire. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Alexys Martinez reports on what’s being done to prevent a repeat of this tragedy.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/PaynesPrairieSignsWrap.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.