SPEAKING OUT: How 30A became road ready: A timeline

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 03:57 PM.

As water levels continued to recede and the assessment progressed, on Sept. 5 Public Works crews were able to fully enter the culvert in order to assess the failure. Throughout the remainder of that week, it became evident that while there were some failures within the culvert, it would not be necessary to place a temporary bridge at the site and that they would be able to install culvert slip liners at the location. The liners were ordered the end of that week and were expected the beginning of the following week.

Beginning the morning of Monday, Sept. 9, Public Works crews moved toward repairing the failure in the road by bringing in materials to repair the collapse.  Public Works received the ordered slip liners on Tuesday, Sept. 10, and began repairing the culvert while continuing to rebuild the collapsed section of road. The final installation of the culvert occurred Thursday morning, Sept. 12, and following installation, the road above was repaired and paved. This allowed the county to reopen that section of 30A at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.

While the repair that was made at that section of 30A is believed to be a fix that can withstand an extended period of time, Walton County will continue to move forward with plans to place a permanent bridge at that location in order to protect that area for the long term future. At this time, the county is moving forward with the planning, permitting and design of a permanent bridge. Once that process is complete, it will be determined on the best time to close that area temporarily in order to move forward with construction.

“I appreciate the residents working with us and understanding the issues we faced in determining the best way to address the problem and open the road,” said District 4 Commissioner Sara Commander. “I also want to thank the men and women of the Districts 4 and 5 Road Crew and all of Public Works for working long, hard hours during this situation to get the road open and safe.” 

Louis E. Svehla is Public Information Manager for the Walton Board of County Commissioners.

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