Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Road Renovations Reshape Store Owner's Marketing Plan

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Road Renovations Reshape Store Owner's Marketing Plan

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Byline: Derek L. Kinner, Nassau Neighbors staff writer

If all goes as planned, some time next year Sadler Road In Fernandina Beach will look a lot different.

For one thing, it won't be a plain, old road anymore; it will be like a boulevard, complete with some sections of sodded medians and others with concrete.

The high-volume street, which is two lanes from about Susan Drive east to South Fletcher Avenue, will be widened to four lanes and will include curbs and gutters as well as bicycle lanes, county officials say.

"It will be a whole different-looking road," said Nassau County Public Works Director Jack D'Amato. "I think it will be a road that people can appreciate as far as aesthetics and function."

The road project has been a long time coming. Fernandina Beach and county officials first discussed it in the mid-1990s, but little has been done until now.

"The road's shape needed to change due to the increase in traffic, which is due to the increase in growth," D'Amato said. "It can no longer be extended. It needs to be reconstructed to meet the increasing capacity for the roadway."

The work is expected to cost about $3 million and will take about one year to complete, D'Amato said. The city is contributing $1 million.

The project finally got started last month, but problems arose when the contractor accidentally cleared part of the Egans Creek Greenway, which is land protected from development. And the Army Corps of Engineers issued a stop-work order because officials thought the county was destroying wetlands.

D'Amato said the property was not wetlands and work resumed last week.

The improvements that are planned include:

Widening the street to four lanes from near Susan Drive east to South Fletcher Avenue, and adding bike lanes and sidewalks.

Adding bicycle striping on Sadler Road from Eighth Street to Susan Drive and on 14th Street from Sadler Road to T. …

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