FDOT study of the intersection of I-95 at Ormond Beach and US 1 in progress

FDOT study of the intersection of I-95 at Ormond Beach and US 1 in progress

In August, the Florida Department of Transportation began the first phase of a long-awaited Ormond Beach transportation project: improvements to the I-95 and US 1 interchange.

The FDOT is conducting a project development study and a $2.8 million environmental study for a one-mile strip of US 1, and according to the State Department, this study aims to “meet current and future demand for travel and improve safety at interchange and along US 1.”

A press release addressed to local government officials details that the improvements will enhance operational and safety needs while improving traffic flow and better serving regional flights at this interchange, which was designed and built sometime in the late 1950s to early 1960s.

The FDOT expects the study to take approximately two years to complete. The project is expected to cost US$3.3 million to design, and is for summer 2022. For Ormond Beach Mayor Bill Partington, who works for the River-to-Sea Transportation Planning Organization, the project is long overdue.

“It’s a safety issue as much as anything else,” he said. “If you’ve been in this area before, it doesn’t work very well. It was designed at a time when there was much less traffic.”

“It’s the gate to Volusia and Ormond coming south on I-95, and then it’s the gate to Flagler going north on I-95. I think with all the growth that’s going on in this area, now is the time to finally get the project done.”

Bill Partington, mayor of Ormond Beach at the intersection of I-95 and US 1.

City Commissioner Dwight Selby worked at TPO for four years prior to Partington, and said the project was “a constant drumbeat” for him. It’s a “very serious old exchange,” and now that funding for the first two steps of the process has been secured, Selby is confident the project will move forward steadily.

“The good news is that the process has begun, unlike at the time we were just talking, in an attempt to start the process,” Selby said. “We are better off than we were but not where we want to be yet, but we will get there.”

Selby and Partington credit the city’s transportation advisor, Maryam Ghayabi, for raising awareness of the need for the project statewide.

Public engagement activities were planned during the study, and include stakeholder meetings, a public workshop and a public hearing, likely sometime in 2022.

“I hope our residents will come out strong to explain what they want and how they want to see the project move forward,” Partington said.

Holiday waste table

There will be no garbage collection or recycling on Thursday, November 25th.

All recycling and littering will be received Thursday on Friday, November 26th. As a result, all garbage and recycling routes will be received on Friday, Saturday, November 27.

The yard waste stream remains unchanged.

OB Life meeting scheduled for December 2

The final workshop “OB Life: Westward Focus” will take place at 6 pm. At Calvary Christian Church, located at 1687 West Granada Street, on Thursday, December 2nd.

The workshop will revolve around facilities and public safety. A virtual attendance option is available. Visit ormondbeach.org/OBLife.

VSO . Re-accreditation

For the tenth time, the Volusia Sheriff has been re-accredited, after a lengthy review of the agency’s policies, procedures and operations by the Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation, according to a press release.

“This latest seal of approval confirms to me that our sheriff’s office provides some of the best law enforcement services in America,” said Sheriff Mike Chitwood. “The men and women who come to work here every day continue to make me very proud, and from what I hear in the community, the people of Volusia County feel the same way.”

The press release states that the accreditation is important, as it comes after the implementation of Amendment 10, which separated the operations of the administration from the county government.

Additionally, in 2021, VSO launched a new training academy and negotiated a new union contract with MPs’ salaries increased.

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