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In commenting on my recent post about publisher/road builder/stagecoach operator Guy Metcalf, the ever alert and informed John Rude asked if that explains the curve in the FEC Railway tracks and zigzag of US 1 in Fort Lauderdale. Great question John! Here’s a post from a few months back that explains.
When you’re stuck in rush-hour traffic where Fort Lauderdale’s US 1 takes that annoying 1-mile jog at Sunrise Blvd., do you ever wonder what civil engineering genius made that happen? No crazed engineer – it was a tenacious land speculator named Mary Brickell who, in 1893, forced the county commission to change the route of the future US 1 so it wouldn’t run through the middle of her prized property, which today includes the exclusive Colee Hammock and shops and restaurants on Las Olas Blvd. But that’s not all. A few years later she forced Henry Flagler to move the path of his FEC Railway a mile or so west – again, to protect her property. You can read all about it in my book, Legends & Lore of Fort Lauderdale’s New River, available now for $21.99 plus tax with free shipping at tinyurl.com/yckrc4bf
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𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰 𝗔𝗱𝘃𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗿𝘆: 𝗕𝗮𝘆𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗗𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗡𝗘 𝟯𝟰 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝗖𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗥𝗶𝗱𝗴𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝗖𝗹𝘂𝗯 𝗘𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀

City crews repaired a broken 6-inch water line overnight at the intersection of Bayview Drive and NE 34 Street. Roadway restoration is underway and will affect morning commutes. Motorists should avoid the area. Traffic is being detoured to NE 27 Avenue at NE 33 Street and NE 35 Street.

The repairs were successfully made under reduced pressure and a precautionary boil water notice will not be issued. Neighbors will notice that four hydrants in the area have been opened for flushing the water system.

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