Sand Placement Work Begins to Repair A1A at Fort Lauderdale Beach

In approximately four weeks, workers will spread 2,000 tons of sand a day along the half-mile stretch of the beach from Northeast 14th court to 18th street.

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    In approximately four weeks, workers will spread 2,000 tons of sand a day along the half-mile stretch of the beach from Northeast 14th court to 18th street. NBC 6's Betty Yu reports.

    The sand placement portion of the emergency repairs needed in parts of Fort Lauderdale beach began Monday as the trucks unloaded sand along State Road A1A.

    “We're going to be seeing a lot of road trucks delivering sand from the mines over on the west side of Lake Okeechobee and bringing it to the beach,” said Eric Myers from the Broward County Natural Resources Planning.

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    Worsening beach erosion forced city and state officials to close two of A1A's four lanes last month. Chuck Black, who plans to soon run for a seat on the Fort Lauderdale City Commission, said he would pitch a plan to slow the erosion along the highway between 14th and 18th courts at the body s meeting Monday night. "We need to stop the problem before it gets worse," he said.

    In approximately four weeks, workers will spread 2,000 tons of sand a day along the half-mile stretch of the beach from Northeast 14th Court to 18th Street. A new seawall will also be installed by the department of transportation.

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    “As an owner, right in front of where the tide has taken out the sidewalks, I couldn't be happier to see the progress,” said Fort Lauderdale Beach resident Tom Zazarino.

    The county says the beach will eventually be restored to what it was in 2011. This is the first time in 30 years it's had to make repairs of this nature.

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    Construction is expected to finish before the start of sea turtle nesting season. Meanwhile, State
    Road A1A will be reduced from four lanes to two.

    The construction will take place daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The county is advising drivers and pedestrians to avoid the area until the project is complete.