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New Flagler Memorial Bridge Rendering

FDOT News - April 16, 2013

The Flagler Memorial Bridge Replacement Project began on Monday, September 10, 2012. Throughout construction, lane closures and detours will be established as needed to perform work safely. Following our weekly progress meeting, we offer this update.

Replacement Bridge Construction Activities:
The contractor, PCL Civil Constructors, continues to build foundations for the replacement bridge east of the Intracoastal Waterway, on the south side of the existing bridge. This work is being done away from the main bridge piers and is not affecting the existing bridge.

Bridge Repair Activities:
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) expects to award an emergency contract in April for the repairs. FDOT held a mandatory pre-bid meeting on Wednesday, April 10, which was attended by four contractors. All bids are due to the department by Wednesday, April 24.

Maintenance of Traffic:

- The Flagler Memorial Bridge is open to limited vehicular traffic. One lane is open in each direction for passenger cars only; vehicles exceeding five tons (larger than an average pickup truck) are not allowed over the bridge. The bridge remains closed to pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

- The ramp from northbound Flagler Drive to the eastbound Flagler Memorial Bridge is permanently closed. Drivers going north on Flagler Drive who want to go east over the bridge will go west on Banyan Boulevard to N. Dixie Highway, go north on N. Dixie Highway to N. Quadrille Boulevard, and go east on N. Quadrille Boulevard over the bridge.

- The ramp from the westbound Flagler Memorial Bridge to northbound Flagler Drive is closed. Drivers who want to go north on Flagler Drive will continue west to N. Dixie Highway, go north on N. Dixie Highway to Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, and go east on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard to Flagler Drive.

- The lane closure on eastbound N. Quadrille Boulevard, approaching the Flagler Bridge, has been moved east of N. Olive Boulevard on a trial basis to determine if this will ease traffic flow by providing an additional lane for drivers who want to go north on North Olive Boulevard. The project team will monitor traffic flow at this location for the next two weeks.

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 new bridge is being built south of the existing bridge, which will remain open during construction. The Flagler Drive overpass will be replaced with an “at-grade” intersection. New lighting, pedestrian features, traffic signals, drainage, and landscaping are also included in this project. The estimated cost of this project is $94.2 million.