Gulf Islands National Seashore and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced today that the emergency road repairs contract for J. Earle Bowden Way and Fort Pickens Road has been awarded.
FDOT is managing the contract for the work, which was recently awarded to Panhandle Grading and Paving, Inc. Funding for the repairs, estimated at over $523,000, is provided by the Federal Highway Administration. The emergency repair work on J. Earle Bowden Way is scheduled to begin Oct. 15, with the road remaining closed to the public until repairs are complete. Repairs are expected to take several weeks. Work on the Fort Pickens Road shoulders within the National Seashore will begin as crews become available. Fort Pickens Road will remain open, but the traveling public should anticipate lane closures while the repairs are underway.
“Both of these roads were closed after sustaining damages from Hurricane Isaac, said Superintendent Dan Brown said. "Fort Pickens Road reopened on Tuesday, September 11, as soon as the sand was removed. We are excited to get this project started so visitors and the community can once again enjoy this scenic roadway.”
Construction activities are weather dependent and may be delayed or rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. Drivers are reminded to use caution when traveling through the work zone and to obey the posted speed limit.