from The County Insider
Office of the Nassau County Manager
December 2, 2018 4:00 p.m.
The Board of County Commissioners is aware of the concerns related to the condition of South 14th Street between Sadler Road and First Coast Highway and have been planning for the improvements for several years. Recently, numerous citizens have inquired as to why the process has taken so long, so we wanted to share information on how funding was allocated for this project and a timeline on events that had to occur to get us where we are today, which is approximately 1 week away from the project’s start date.
You may not realize that the State of Florida provides Small County Road Assistance Program (SCRAP) funding to counties with populations less than 75,000. Due to the amount of work that needs to be completed and the overall cost of the project, the County applied for SCRAP funding in 2012 in order to maximize funding and provide for all needed improvements in lieu of doing the improvements gradually. Though the project was not approved in 2012, the County applied again in 2013 and was accepted. At that time, the project was officially added to the State’s 5 year work program, thus determining that funding would be made available to the County in 2018.
In March 2017, the County entered into an agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation for them to provide the County with $1,230,000 to be used for the project. The following month, the County issued a Work Authorization to Peters & Yaffee, Inc. to design the project according to the County’s specifications of improvements that needed to be done.
The Scope of Work included:
- design for resurfacing the existing pavement
- design for reconstruction of the segment of roadway between Sadler Road and Nottingham Drive
- design for replacement of existing guardrails
- upgrades for any ADA Pedestrian deficiencies identified
During the design phase, Peters & Yaffee discovered the need for a cross drain replacement at Ocean Breeze Drive and an additional supplemental agreement for Peters & Yaffee was signed in January 2018 authorizing them to include the cross drain replacement in the Scope of Work.
Following completion of the Scope of Work, the County advertised bids for construction and a contract was awarded to Florida Infrastructure, Inc. on November 9, 2018. We are happy to report that construction is scheduled to begin on December 3, 2018. It will take approximately 90 days to complete. CDM Smith has been authorized to perform Construction Engineering Inspection (CEI) Services for the project and will serve as the County’s representative from now until completion.
If you have any questions about this project, please contact Engineering Services at (904) 530-6225 or email Public Works Director, Becky Bray, at [email protected]