A1A Pedestrian Accidents, Roadwork and the Long, Strange Trip its Been

A portion of State Road A1A is about to get a whole lot worse — temporarily. Since Hurricane Sandy and a few other storms last fall, that area has taken quite a beating. Now, transportation officials are looking into restoring the area.

According to the Sun Sentinel, roadway crews are going to be slamming pillars into the ground to launch the new and more protective sea wall along A1A between 18th Street and Northeast 14th, north of Sunrise Boulevard.

“This will be the most noticeable work that’s taken place so far,” said Florida Department of Transportation’s Barbara Kelleher.

Our Fort Lauderdale pedestrian accident attorneys are asking drivers to be safe while traveling in this area. Roadside work tends to increase the risks for accidents as travelers aren’t always on their best behavior behind the wheel. When passing through this area, make sure you’re aware of all street signs, other vehicles and roadside workers. Don’t focus your attention on the work being done. Instead, keep your eyes on the road. A1A is an old, antiquated roadway that sees more than its fair share of accidents over the busy winter months.

So far, there have been about five trucks a day dropping off sheets of steel. In the area, there’s a crane and a machine used to pound the 44-foot steel sheets into the ground. All of this work is being done on the beach side of the roadway.

The work will be going on from 7:00 a,m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. On Sunday, crews are expected to be out there from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Officials believe that this work is going to take about a month to complete.

While the road will stay open, drivers are asked to slow it down to 25 miles per hour.

When officials finish constructing this wall, the areas that were eroded on the roadway will be filled in and it will all be repaved. They’re also going to be restriping the roadway to include bike lanes, a center turn lane, and extra travel lanes. Before Sandy, there were only two travel lanes going each way.

There will still be parallel parking and the sidewalk located on the west side.

This project is running more than $8 million and it expected to be completed by the first week in May.

We’re asking all motorists to be extra cautious in these areas as they are the ones who are most at risk for an accident. As a matter of fact, more than 80 percent of the people who are killed in these kinds of work zones are motorists, not the workers. In 2009, there were close to 700 people killed in work zone accidents. In addition to these fatalities, there were another 40,000 people injured.

Help us all to get through this area safely. Pay attention, slow it down and be courteous to help to avoid an accident.