Road repairs leave one lane closed

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

Heavy rains last April caused some big issues on a Martin County road.

Part of Highway 1714 began to break and now road crews have reduced it to one lane to make repairs.

“At the time it was just a routine embankment failure or a break on the creekside of the road,” Sara George with Highway District 12 said.

Complete repairs on the road probably won't happen until April, but highway District officials say crews will work to temporarily stabilize the road in the meantime.

“Of course if it isn't safe, then we won't do that. We'll keep it to one lane of traffic and if it gets any worse we may have to close the road,” George said.

But they say closing the road is their last option.

Workers have been directing traffic since Monday night, but they will be putting up a temporary stoplight to help make things safer.

Some drivers are just happy that the road is now getting fixed.

“It needed to be closed because we're falling in the creek here, and it was tearing up our cars,” Laurie Gibson said.

Officials say the stoplights should be installed by February 1st.

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