Reams Road, the Horizon West thoroughfare that has been closed since before Hurricane Ian, has reopened.
Crews from Orange County Public Works Roads and Drainage Division removed the barricades and reopened the road Thursday afternoon after flood water receded far enough to make the road passable.
"Please use caution as the road did suffer damage from the water," Orange County District 1 Commissioner Nicole Wilson said in a Facebook post. "However, we are happy to report it is open for now. Our team will continue to monitor it."
Variable message signs stating “CAUTION. WATER ON THE ROAD AHEAD!” will be placed at the intersections of Floridian Place and Reams Road; and at Reams Road and Bay Court. Drivers are urged to adhere to the signs when using Reams Road and to be attentive to conditions along the road.
Flooding issues have long plagued the Horizon West road, and those problems were exacerbated by Ian's rainfall. Learn more about the history of the road and potential long-term solutions here.