Daytona’s Beach Street could get traffic lane reductions, roundabout

DAYTONA BEACH — About six months after work wrapped up on Beach Street improvements between Orange Avenue and Bay Street, a second phase of changes could be coming to the riverfront corridor between Bay Street and Fairview Avenue.

The changes could include widening sidewalks and reducing traffic lanes from four to two in that stretch of Beach Street, and possibly adding a roundabout at Fairview Avenue just west of the Main Street bridge. The project proposal also calls for utility upgrades on Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard between Beach Street and Ridgewood Avenue.

A measure on Wednesday night’s City Commission agenda calls for the city to get into a contract with Parker Mynchenberg and Associates for design, permitting, bidding and construction phase services for the proposed Beach Street streetscape project.

The contract calls for the city to pay the Holly Hill-based company $619,076 to help with plans for new sidewalks, traffic signals, lane reductions, paving, lighting, parking configurations that add spaces, landscaping, hardscaping, irrigation and utility improvements.

The work would be very similar to the $4 million project completed late last year on Beach Street between Orange Avenue and Bay Street, which took most of 2020 to finish. A total of 42 parking spaces were added, sidewalks were widened 8-10 feet in front of stores, and on the east side of Beach Street there is now a 12-foot-wide decorative sidewalk between International Speedway Boulevard and Bay Street. 

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