Southern Blvd. bridge replacement is underway. Construction barges with cranes are on the north side of the bridge and work has begun. Bingham Island has been fenced for construction material and equipment. First order of business: Build a temporary bridge.
Southern Boulevard (State Road 80) Bridge Replacement Project
This 0.76-mile project includes replacing the existing bascule (draw) bridge and tide relief bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW) and Lake Worth Lagoon between the Town of Palm Beach and the City of West Palm Beach. The project limits are between State Road A1A/South Ocean Boulevard in the Town of Palm Beach and Washington Road in the City of West Palm Beach. New decorative lighting, pedestrian features, traffic signals, signage and drainage are included. A temporary bridge will be built north of the existing bridge to maintain traffic while the replacement bascule bridge is under construction. The work is being performed by Johnson Bros. Corp. Construction began April 3, 2017 and will last until late 2020. The estimated construction cost is $93 million. For more information, please contact Public Information Officer Angel Streeter Gardner at 561-702-9096. (Fin. 419013-1-52-01)
Restrictions: The eastbound lane of Southern Boulevard between Olive Avenue and Flagler Drive is closed with eastbound traffic shifted to the north as FPL performs utility work in the area. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained at all times. Traffic will remain in this configuration through May 2017. For more information, please contact Project Manager Dustin Ertle at 561-644-2182.
Flagler Memorial Bridge Replacement Project
This 0.66-mile Design/Build project includes replacing the existing bascule (draw) 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 (ICWW). The Flagler Drive overpass will be replaced with an “at-grade” intersection. New lighting, pedestrian features, traffic signals, drainage and landscaping are also included. The Design/Build team for this project is PCL Civil Constructers and Hardesty & Hanover. New Millennium Engineering, Inc. provides Construction Engineering and Inspection services on behalf of FDOT. Active construction began on Sept. 10, 2012 and will last until summer 2017. The estimated construction cost is $106 million. (Fin. 412489-2-52-01)
Advance Notice: Flagler Memorial Bridge will have nightly lane closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday, May 14, to Thursday, May 18, and from Sunday, May 21, to Thursday, May 25, with the closures alternating between eastbound and westbound lanes. One lane will remain open during this time. Flaggers will maintain two-way traffic in the remaining lane as the bridge is painted.
Restrictions: Flagler Drive is closed in both directions from 4 Street to the Flagler Memorial Bridge around–the–clock until late spring 2017 while workers reconstruct the road in this area. Flagler Drive is closed in both directions from 7 Street to the Flagler Memorial Bridge around-the-clock until spring 2017 while workers reconstruct the road in the area. The following detours are in place:
Drivers going north on Flagler Drive from south of 4 Street should:
• Go west on Banyan Boulevard
• Go north on N. Dixie Highway
• Go east on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard to Flagler Drive
Drivers going south on Flagler Drive from north of 7 Street should:
• Go north/south on Flagler Drive to Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard
• Go west on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard
• Go south on N. Dixie Highway
• Go east on Banyan Boulevard to Flagler Drive
Drivers going west on Flagler Memorial Bridge should:
• Go to N. Dixie Highway to go north or south
Marine Restrictions: The navigable Intracoastal Waterway (ICCW) through the Flagler Memorial Bridge will have half-channel closures through May 2017. During half-channel closures, the horizontal clearance through the bridge is 35 feet. There will be no channel restrictions from 5:15 p.m. Saturday, May 6, to 6:15 a.m. Monday, May 8. In addition, there will be no channel restrictions from 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, to 6:15 a.m. Thursday, May 11. The existing Flagler Memorial Bridge opens for marine traffic once per hour at 15 minutes past the hour except for 8:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, when the bridge remains down for rush hour traffic. During presidential visits, the Flagler Memorial Bridge will open to marine traffic weekdays at 4:15 p.m. Intermittent full-channel closures may be necessary to perform project-related work. Full-channel closures are coordinated in advance with the U.S. Coast Guard. The schedule of channel restrictions can be found on the Flagler Bridge website: www.FlaglerBridge.com and is published in the U.S. Coast Guard’s Local Notice to Mariners at www.navcen.uscg.gov. For more information, please contact Public Information Officer Angel Streeter Gardner at 561-702-9096.
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