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AN EMERGENCY FIX Traffic cones tumbled as the pavement on a 150-foot-long section of North Beach Road collapsed on Oct. 28. Photo courtesy Sarasota County A CONTRACTOR WAS SCHEDULED TO MAKE TEMPORARY REPAIRS TO A COLLAPSED SECTION OF NORTH BEACH ROAD THIS WEEK AS COUNTY STAFF WORKED ON A PERMANENT SOLUTION By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor It probably will take four to six weeks before permanent repairs can be made to a 15- to 20-foot wide, 150-foot-long section of North Beach Road on Siesta Key, which collapsed Sunday night, Sarasota County Chief Engineer James K. Harriott Jr. told The Sarasota News Leader this week. In the meantime, Frederick Derr & Co. em- ployees were on site, Harriott said, working on an interim solution. "The temporary fix can be done pretty quick- ly," possibly as soon as the week's end or by early next week, he said. Derr employees were working on design and permitting for the permanent repairs — a soil step revetment system — at the same time workers were shoring up the damaged part of the road, Harriott noted. Once the permits were pulled, a crew could complete the step revetment system, he added, noting that Derr has done that type of work in the past. The Sarasota company's website says it is known for its expertise in heavy highway con- struction, site development, utility installation and coastal protection structures.

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