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Highway A1A — Hurricane Matthew Damage and Closures

Image courtesy of Kristen on Flickr.
Image courtesy of Kristen on Flickr.

Highway A1A is a Florida Highway that links many of Florida’s east coast beaches from Miami to Fernandina Beach north of Jacksonville.

A vast majority of the highway is within a half-mile of the Atlantic Ocean, and some of it is just feet from the ocean’s waves.

One such stretch is in Flagler Beach, where erosion from Hurricane Matthew caused parts of the highway to collapse.

Washed out portion of Highway A1A in Flagler Beach. Image courtesy of Noppawat Charoensinphon on Flickr.
Washed out portion of Highway A1A in Flagler Beach. Image courtesy of Cox Media.


Highway A1A, as of October 8, 2016, is closed in the following locations:

  • From High Bridge Road south of Flagler Beach to downtown Saint Augustine.
  • North of Saint Augustine, from Vilano Beach to Muckler Road near Ponte Vedra Beach.
  • Selective closures may occur between Huguenot Memorial Park to Amelia City, as well as Fernandina Beach.

In addition to the closure of A1A, all bridges and causeways linking this stretch of A1A to the mainland are temporarily closed.  These roadways are pending Florida Department of Transportation inspection, evaluating the extent of damage

The causeways could reopen at any time, upon passing of inspection.

Extended Closures Expected

Parts of A1A, mainly in sections near Flagler Beach, Marineland, Vilano Beach, adjacent to the Guana River, and Mayport, will be closed for months.

Please mind all detours and signage played by the Department of Transportation and other authorities.  Soil erosion could still occur and cause washouts, risking property damage, injury, or death.  

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