Finally, North Roosevelt Boulevard in Key West fully open to traffic following two-plus years of construction

State and city officials cut the ribbon Tuesday.
State and city officials cut the ribbon Tuesday.

Amid great fanfare and with crowds galore, state and Key West officials cut the ribbon on the "new" North Roosevelt Boulevard in the city Tuesday morning.

The main thoroughfare leading from U.S. 1 to Old Town has been under reconstruction since April 2012, and planning and permitting for the $41.5 million project took about 10 years before that. The goal is better managing traffic flow and reducing flooding. There are still minor things to be done, but the work is largely complete.

The work consisted of more than 275 truckloads of concrete, 99.5 tons of steel rebar for a new seawall cap, 69 new street lights with more than eight miles of wiring, and more than 11 miles of underground pipes (1.94 miles for sanitary sewers, 3.13 miles for drainage and 5.94 miles for water).

Sidewalks have also been improved, and some were installed in areas where there were none. No additional crosswalks have been installed, but a new stoplight at Searstown now has a push-button signal for pedestrians.

Overall, the project length was 2.95 miles. The $41,560,971.52 cost was split among the state Department of Transportation ($31.8 million), the city of Key West ($4.3 million) and the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority ($5.4 million).

ConsulTech Inc. did the design. The contractor was the de Moya Group. Construction manager was AMEC Environment & Infrastructure Inc.