Keys to raise roads before climate change puts them underwater. It’ll be expensive.

February 1, 2018

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In the coming weeks, Monroe County will begin accepting design proposals to elevate the lowest, most flood-prone road in two Florida Keys communities. This will be the first road project in the Keys specifically designed to adapt to sea level rise, and will include collecting, pumping, and treating stormwater that runs off the raised roads. The project will be expensive, but the unique geography of the Keys means drainage solutions used in other areas can’t work there.