Once reopened, there will be one eastbound lane and one westbound lane on the bridge with no restrictions and the north sidewalk will be open. Left turn restrictions at the intersection of the Royal Park Bridge and Flagler Drive will remain in place.
Bridge opening schedules for marine traffic will change as follows in coordination with the reopening of the Flagler Memorial Bridge:
Flagler Memorial Bridge will open once an hour at 15 minutes past the hour
Royal Park Bridge will open for twice per hour, on the hour and at half past the hour
Southern Boulevard Bridge will open twice per hour at 15 minutes past the hour and 45 minutes past the hour
The 76-year-old bridge was closed in May to allow PCL Construction to install drilled shaft foundations for the main bascule piers of the replacement bridge. All drilled shafts for these two piers have been successfully completed and inspections conducted prior to reopening indicate that this work has not affected the operation of the existing bridge.
In November 2013 the Flagler Memorial Bridge was closed temporarily when the span locks that hold the bridge decks in place malfunctioned due to settlement that occurred after PCL resumed foundation work on the main bascule piers. At that time, work on the main bascule piers was suspended until May 1, 2014.
After examining all potential alternatives, FDOT determined that the safest and most efficient way to proceed was to close the Flagler Memorial Bridge for approximately six months, allow PCL to construct the main bridge foundations at the bascule piers, and perform any necessary repairs on the existing bridge to reopen it by November 1, in time for the 2014/2015 Season.
The Flagler Memorial Bascule Bridge (drawbridge) Replacement Design/Build Project includes replacing the existing bridge with a new bascule bridge connecting the Town of Palm Beach and the City of West Palm Beach over the Lake Worth Lagoon and the Intracoastal Waterway. The estimated cost of this project is $94.2 million and construction is expected to be complete in late 2016.