New Smyrna Beach, FL – Travel through New Smyrna Beach will be a bit slower for the next year or so as a $5-million project to resurface U.S. 1 between S. Washington St. and S. Smith St. begins today (March 18th).
The upgrades have been in the works for the better part of a decade, according to Florida Department of Transportation spokesperson Jessica Ottaviano.
“Motorists should be alert for a nightly single lane closure on southbound U.S. 1 from Julia St. to Smith St., Monday through Thursday,” said Ottaviano. “The single lane closure will be nightly starting at 7:30 p.m. and open by 7 a.m. the following morning.”
Night time lane closures on U.S. 1 and Canal St. will be required. Motorists will also deal with weekend road closures with detours for improvements to the Lytle Ave. ramps, and to construct a new drainage structure on Andrews St.
Other details include the creation of a second left turn lane from NB U.S. 1 onto W. Canal St., and a new right turn lane from SB U.S. 1 onto W. Canal St. A new merge lane will be constructed on W. Canal from U.S. 1 to just east of Dimmick St.
Designated bike lanes along U.S. 1 and converting Andrews St. into a one-way road heading east from U.S. 1 are also part of the plan.
FDOT and the City of New Smyrna Beach vowed that no detours will occur during scheduled events that close Canal St.
Electronic message boards in the area will alert drivers to any future changes as they come up.
The project is expected to be complete by the summer of 2020.