Sunrise Drive reopened

District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson and Holley by the Sea (HBTS) Assistant General Manager Lauren Riley cut the ceremonial ribbon May 16 on stormwater improvements for Sunrise Drive at the entrance to HBTS. They were joined by county Public Works Director Stephen Furman, HBTS board member Tom Beckman and HBTS board president Bob Hutchinson.

Sunrise Drive was reopened to the public on the evening of May 10 after a 67-day closure. The project, funded with roughly $530,000 in local option sales tax (LOST) dollars, is designed to help prevent flooding from the ponds located on each side of Sunrise Drive following extended or intense rainfall. The road surface was raised by roughly 2.5 feet and other water control improvements were installed.

The project was completed well before the 90-day contract deadline. During the road work traffic was rerouted from Sunrise to Edgewood Drive. This was the second large infrastructure project completed in the county utilizing the LOST. The tax was passed at the end of 2016.

“Thank you to Holley by the Sea and Public Works for making this project happen,” Williamson said. “We have a lot of infrastructure needs in the county. We have more projects than we have money.”

He went on to say the county is currently working on dozens of similar projects in the county made possible by LOST funds.

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