It could help reduce vibration and prevent the closing of the old span before the new Flagler Memorial Bridge is completed.
The team working on the Flagler Memorial Bridge replacement is “making significant inroads into pinpointing a foundation type” to be used in the center of the new bridge, according to engineer Geoffrey Parker.
Pile drilling by PCL Civil Constructors crews in November resulted in more settling of the damaged bridge and the span being closed for 10 days.
The Florida Department of Transportation ordered the company to halt work near the movable spans until May 1. A different foundation type and construction method could help reduce vibration and thus might help prevent the closing of the old bridge before the new one is completed.
Parker, senior project engineer with DOT consulting firm New Millennium Engineering, told the Town Council this week that recent tests indicate the bridge’s southeast pier has not settled any more since November.