Damaged section of Casey Key Road once again open to traffic in both lanes

Repairs completed on June 17

On June 17, the affected section of North Casey Key Road once again is open to traffic. The wall visible on the left is in front of the house at 712 N. Casey Key Road. Photo courtesy Sarasota County

Emergency repairs on North Casey Key Road have been completed, Sarasota County staff announced on June 18.

On June 7, rough surf produced by Tropical Storm Cristobal’s passage through the Gulf of Mexico fractured about a 60-foot section of a step revetment in front of the house located at 712 N. Casey Key Road, County Engineer Spencer Anderson explained last week. When that portion of the revetment failed, he added, it took the southbound lane along with it.

Public Works Department staff members closed the road between the 500 and 700 blocks until repairs could be made.

On June 17, county Media Relations Officer Brianne Grant reported, the northbound lane was paved and restored for vehicle traffic, so both lanes once again were open to drivers. She emphasized that that part of the road is available to the public.

Another section of road on Casey Key is private, staff noted last week.

As of June 16, Grant said, the southbound lane had been paved and restored, leaving just one lane open for drivers.

The damage on the southbound section of the road is still evident on June 12. Photo courtesy Sarasota County

On June 15, she continued in a news release, Public Works staff members discovered a new void under the southbound lane. That was just north of the pre-existing repair area, Grant added, so a crew used what Anderson called “flowable fill” to eliminate the void.

On June 12, Grant wrote in the release, staff members had worked to restore the roadway to its original height prior to Cristobal’s damage; they also strengthened that area with a final layer of flowable fill.

By June 11, she noted, the road again was usable for emergency services and residential vehicles. That was possible, she pointed out, thanks to the completion of a shoreline stabilization initiative involving rubble riprap, plus grout fill.