The Florida Department of Transportation is about to launch a months-long repaving of State Road A1A in St. Augustine, which will include San Marco Avenue.

The $1.8 million project, being managed by contractor Duval Asphalt Products, will resurface S.R. A1A from King Street along the bayfront to State Road 16 (Picolata Road) as part of routine maintenance, according to the FDOT. The project is tentatively scheduled to begin early in May and end in early 2019.

It's one of several projects planned or underway on S.R. A1A in St. Augustine north from the Bridge of Lions.

To answer questions about the S.R. A1A resurfacing, FDOT plans to host an open house 4-6 p.m. on April 30 at St. Johns County's main library at 1960 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd. in St. Augustine. The open house will allow residents and business owners to be prepared before the project starts, said Bianca Speights, FDOT spokeswoman.

"It's such a heavily traveled area, a tourist spot," Speights said.

People can also go to nflroads.com for project updates.

In addition to resurfacing the road, the project will make improvements for ADA compliance, make sidewalk repairs where necessary and will remove some on-street parking between Hope Street and S.R. 16 to improve safety and sight distance for drivers turning onto San Marco Avenue, according to a project flier. The number and location of spaces being removed was not available on Monday.

The city of St. Augustine had proposed eliminating more on-street parking in the area to add shuttle and bike lanes, but the FDOT rejected that proposal after the idea received opposition from business owners and others.

Most construction will happen at night, and lane closures are expected to be allowed from about 9:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., according to Speights.

No work will be allowed during holidays and certain special events, according to the FDOT. Those special events include the Daytona 500, the Coke Zero 400, Daytona Bike Week, Daytona Speedweeks, Biketoberfest, opening weekend at the beaches, Fridays and Saturdays during Nights of Lights, the St. Augustine Christmas parade, the Regatta of Lights and tours of the Castillo de San Marcos called Castillo by Candlelight, according to Speights. 

Vehicle detours aren't planned, Speights said. The project will likely close just one lane at a time.

Several other projects are in the works for the area.

The largest is the redesign of the intersection at San Marco Avenue and May Street. As part of that, crews will replace stormwater pipe on May Street from San Marco Avenue to Hospital Creek Bridge, according to FDOT. The project began in 2017, and the new intersection is expected to be ready in summer 2018. Once the intersection is ready, the drainage project will start. That is expected to be finished in summer 2019, and the cost for both efforts is expected to be $9.2 million.

Farther south on S.R. A1A, the FDOT plans to paint, clean and do some electrical work and minor concrete work at the Bridge of Lions from this month to early 2019. The project is expected to cost $1.4 million.

The city of St. Augustine has its own projects underway.

On San Marco Avenue, the city is working on plans to put in a multi-use path in front of both the grounds of the Mission Nombre de Dios and the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, said Reuben Franklin Jr., the city of St. Augustine's mobility program manager. The path will be wide enough for both pedestrians and bicyclists, and it will help bicyclists avoid having to get onto San Marco Avenue, he said. 

The city is also nearing completion of design guidelines for San Marco Avenue. The guidelines are being revised now after getting feedback, and the document is expected to go to the City Commission in May for consideration, said Jeremy Marquis, president of project consultant Marquis Latimer + Halback.

The design standards apply to new development and redevelopment and deal with things such as architectural styles, signs and paint colors. For information go to citystaug.com and “Government” and then “Planning & Building.”