County Road Projects
1st Street and Bertha, Key West
Monroe County’s 1st Street and Bertha Street Roadway and Drainage Improvement Project in Key West is currently underway. The work consists of reconstruction and resurfacing the two roads, installation of a new stormwater collection system on Bertha Street, and rehabilitation of the existing stormwater collection system on 1st Street. The county partnered with the City of Key West to include reconstruction of existing sidewalks, construction of additional sidewalk and ADA compliant curb ramps as well as installation of landscape cut-outs. The design calls for the reconstruction of the roads using an asphalt base instead of typical limerock in order to minimize deterioration due to high groundwater as future sea-level rise impacts are felt.
Due to the underground work and full-depth road reconstruction, there will be lane closures and detours for extended periods of time. Work will begin on Bertha Street from Atlantic Blvd to Venetia Street on the west side of the road/existing southbound lane. Southbound traffic will be shifted to the northbound lane at Venetia to Atlantic then shifted back into their normal lane at Atlantic. Northbound traffic will be detoured at Atlantic to George Street to Venetia and back onto Bertha. Eastbound traffic on Atlantic that wants to turn left onto Bertha will be detoured to George Street to Venetia and back onto Bertha.
Crews will make an effort to minimize disruptions and make the work area accessible to emergency vehicles, local traffic, and residents.
The project is being managed by Monroe County through RS&H and is partially funded by a Florida Department of Transportation Small County Outreach Program grant. The County has coordinated with the City of Key West and Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority for various infrastructure improvements.
Estimated Date of Completion: The project will be done in phases and is tentatively scheduled for final completion in late fall 2022.
Roadway Construction Detour Notice for Bertha Street in Key West
On Wednesday, Sept. 29 access along Bertha Street will be restricted to one-way traffic traveling southbound from Atlantic Boulevard to South Roosevelt Boulevard/A1A. Northbound traffic will be detoured along North Roosevelt.
On Thursday, Sept. 30, and Friday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the intersection at Atlantic and Bertha will be closed.
The contractor will be installing drainage, making ADA improvements, and reconstructing the roadway for the next several months within the block from South Roosevelt to Atlantic Boulevard. Two-way traffic is expected to be restored in early 2022 and the construction is anticipated to be completed in late fall 2022.
1st Street Bertha Street Detours
Effective Oct. 7, First Street will be open to Southbound traffic ONLY from Vivian Lane to Fogarty Avenue. Northbound traffic on First Street will be detoured at Fogarty Avenue to Fifth Street and back to North Roosevelt Blvd. Traffic On Flagler Avenue can use Fifth Street to access North Roosevelt Blvd. The closure is expected to last until November 30.
Progress on Bertha Street includes new sidewalks, new curb and gutter, new FKAA meter boxes, and harmonization with private properties. City of Key West pump station tie-in progress.