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Scenic 30a Open - Draper Lake Bridge Construction Complete

Discussion in 'All About SoWal' started by kurt, Aug 24, 2015.

  1. kurt

    kurt Admin Staff Member

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    Road Closure Notification for County Highway 30-A between Gulf Place and Blue Mountain Beach

    Detours routes will be implemented via CR393 to US Hwy 98 to CR 83.

    [Update - the official detour has been moved east to 283 (Grayton Rd) instead of 83 (Blue Mountain Rd) to relieve congestion at 83 and 98 which has no traffic light. The light at 98 and 283 should make the route safer. ]

    Message boards and detour signage will be installed prior to the road closure taking affect.


    Walton County Public Works is scheduled to facilitate the closure of County Highway 30-A beginning September14, 2015 to begin construction of a new bridge at Draper Lake.

    The road closure will take place approximately .80 miles east of CR 393 at Draper Lake.

    The bridge construction project and the associated road closure will restrict thru traffic for the duration of the project. The bridge construction project is scheduled to be complete by March 1, 2016.

    Please contact Walton County Public Works at 892-8108 with any questions related to this project.


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  2. kurt

    kurt Admin Staff Member

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  3. kurt

    kurt Admin Staff Member

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    VERY IMPORTANT

    Restaurants and other businesses on Scenic 30A between Gulf Place (393) and Blue Mountain Beach (83) are going to suffer from a decrease in traffic, during what is already a slow period.

    Please think about them and take your business there! Even if you have to go out of your way.

    Cafe Bolo
    Highlands House
    Goatfeathers
    Local Catch
    Cafe Tango
    Basmati's
    Sally's
    Johnny McTighe's
    Marie's Bistro
    Grecian Gardens
    Redd's Fueling Station
    For The Health Of It
    Big Daddy's Bikes
    Laloba's Bakery
    Nick's On the Beach


    Sorry if I missed anyone please post on this thread!
     
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  4. shakennotstirred

    shakennotstirred Beach Fanatic

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    Will this also affect the bike path?
     
  5. kurt

    kurt Admin Staff Member

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    Good question.


    The bike path will be closed at intermittent times when they are actively driving the pilings for the new bridge. At all other times, the path will remain open.
    Louis E. Svehla
    Public Information Manager
    Walton County BCC
     
  6. Jimmy T

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    I'm curious what the new bridge will look like. Has anyone seen plans?
     
  7. steel1man

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    Better be a Beautiful one, if it takes 6 months ( min.) to replace a 30' two lane bridge over a ditch.
     
  8. Lake View Too

    Lake View Too SoWal Insider

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    It's a difficult location.Maybe 60' drop off to creek below. Not an easy access project.
     
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  9. Matt J

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    Could be a bad ass span further up to eliminate the dip and give a great view over the bike bridge, but I'm not holding my breath.
     
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    Yeah, that would be sweet, but highly unlikely.
     
  11. Jimmy T

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    StJohnsBridge1.jpg
    Something like this would be nice. :)
     
  12. Lake View Too

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    So... who wants to put wagers on the time it takes to complete this project...I'm pretty bad with memory, but didn't the last, flat level bridge in Dune Allen take about a year? I'm assuming, of course, they will use the same contractor...:blink:
     
  13. steel1man

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    Thread says " starting Sept. 14" so guess what?? they are now 48 hours late starting. Sept 15 still open. #latestart ..
    Bets on March 1 2016 completion ?
     
  14. sunspotbaby

    sunspotbaby SoWal Insider

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    Does Walton county have a traffic engineering manager like Bay county? Just wondering if we have anything more than a road crew that half-ass fixes potholes. Those of you that have to deal with this already delayed bridge closing... I feel for ya.
     
  15. Truman

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    Doubt it.
    Bridge Near Fort Panic
     
  16. Matt J

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    No, we also don't elect state representation that diverts ridiculous amounts of money for both infrastructure and to pad a political cronies pocket.

    To be fair our public works folks have a huge job with the largest county in the state. I still feel they did an excellent job with the repaving in Seagrove despite causing housewives to miss mani/pedi appointments, but they can speed through at twice the speed limit on that new coating!

    Also keep in mind that the large salaries are reserved for elected officials and produce nothing layers of management. How long would you last in the hot sun over hot asphalt for around $10/hr.?
     
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    I understand where you're coming from, but being the largest county and having little in the way of planning or foresight and poor infrastructure, we should have a higher standard here than mediocre pavers. They left a bowl in our street, so guess where it floods...yep, my yard.
     
  18. Matt J

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    No problem. Are you paying cash or check?

    I'm not saying it's entirely a funding issue, but you get what you pay for.
     
  19. Sun Chaser

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    As I recall, when our neighbor Mike Huckabee got involved last time on this, that temp bridge was up in, like, a week. I vote for The Governor to be Adjunct Project Manager.
     
  20. steel1man

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    No, that was redfish lake , the drive over ( no bridge) clogged drain and caused SOME road wash out. Road sat closed for over a month. County thinking about a fix. Huck calls fl. Governor ... job done and finished in a week.

    There is NO way Draper should take 6 months. ( min) probably much more.

    Once word is out that 30A is closed Spring breakers will disappear. Maybe that's NOT bad
     

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