• A graphic from FDOT explains the first phase of the construction project starting in mid-June. Source: Florida Department of Transportation/Special

A major road project is coming to Eighth Street

The Florida Department of Transportation says a major road construction project slated to begin this summer on South Eighth Street in Fernandina Beach will be a “temporary inconvenience in order to create a long-term solution.” 

The state’s work will improve South Eighth Street from the Thomas J. Shave Jr. Bridge all the way to its intersection with Centre Street and Atlantic Avenue.

Odette Struys, a public information official with FDOT, said the project on that portion of A1A/State Road 200 will begin in mid-June, with a completion date set for January or February of 2019, weather permitting.

Struys told the News-Leader that actual construction would begin in mid- to late-July, after surveying is completed in June.

In order to prevent traffic delays, most of the work will be done at night, from 7:30 p.m. until 6:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 10:30 p.m. until 6:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Incidental work that does not require lane closures will take place during the day.

An open house will be held 4:30-6:30 p.m. on July 17 at the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101G, Fernandina Beach,  to give the public information and offer a chance to ask questions relating to the project. 

According to FDOT, there are three phases of the $4.1 million project.

The first phase will encompass the road from the Amelia Island-end of the Thomas J. Shave Jr. Bridge to Amelia Island Parkway, and will consist of milling, or removing some of the surface of the road; resurfacing the pavement; widening the road at the right turn lanes on the south side of the street to provide a bike lane; and repairing curbs and sidewalks.

The second phase of the work will take place from Amelia Island Parkway to Lime Street. The roadway will be milled and resurfaced, with repairs made to the curb, medians and sidewalk. There will also be polyurethane injections into failing drainage structures.

The final phase of the project will entail work from Lime Street to Centre Street. The pavement will be milled and resurfaced, repairs will be made to curbs and sidewalks, driveways will modified, and some extra driveway cuts will be removed. All the driveway work has been approved by the property owners, Struys said.

FDOT says the project has a 180-day timeline, allowing for weather, holidays and unforeseen circumstances. The sidewalk upgrades and concrete work will be done first. Concrete work will include sidewalk, curb and median, Struys said, and should take about 60 days.

Milling throughout the entire length of project should take about three weeks, depending on weather. The removed asphalt will immediately be replaced with a structural first layer of asphalt.

The final phase of the process will be when a “final friction course” is placed. That entire process will take approximately two to three weeks, weather permitting.

The project will also ensure all traffic signals are functioning as they should be at the newly resurfaced intersections.

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