After nearly a decade of planning and public meetings, the completion of
the U.S. Highway 1 expansion and infrastructure/streetscape project was
celebrated with a grand reopening event in December 2010. A primary
thoroughfare for the entire eastern seaboard, U.S. 1 traverses directly
through the heart of Rockledge and composes the core of the U.S. Highway
1 Redevelopment Sub-District.
This $27-million project expanded the roadway from four lanes to six
lanes and also included innovative and extensive stormwater upgrades.
Through a positive relationship and creative “public-public” partnership
with the Florida Department of Transportation, the requisite reservoirs
for stormwater were routed to offsite locations, thereby resulting in
the protection and preservation of valuable commercial real estate along
the U.S. 1 corridor, as well as the preclusion of an important main
road peppered with unsightly retention ponds.
To ensure the addition of a number of amenities along the roadway,
including picturesque landscaping, decorative lighting and the
installation of wider sidewalks, the Community Redevelopment Agency
assisted by providing $1.5 million in funding for these elements. A
significant portion of these funds was reinvested from $1.2 million
received from the Florida Department of Transportation for stormwater