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Flagler Memorial Bridge Repairs Ahead of Schedule

Bridge Construction 9-3-2013

Construction of a redundant foundation on the main piers of the Flagler Memorial Bridge is ahead of schedule and expected to be completed in October, Florida Department of Transportation officials said.

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Flagler Bridge’s Westbound Ramp to Flagler Drive Opens

New Flagler Westbound Ramp

Photo: Lannis Waters

After being closed since December, the westbound ramp from Flagler Memorial Bridge to Flagler Drive is open. Despite downpours overnight and this morning, the ramp opened on schedule at 10 a.m.

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RESCHEDULED: Flagler Bridge Westbound Ramp to N. Flagler Drive Reopening Rescheduled for May 21, 2013

In coordination with the Palm Beach County Traffic Division, the reopening of the ramp from the westbound Flagler Memorial Bridge to N. Flagler Drive, originally anticipated for Friday, May 17, has been rescheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 21.  The new temporary traffic signal will also be placed into service at that time.

Westbound Drive

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New Traffic Pattern for Westbound Flagler Bridge

 

Old ramps for west side of Flagler Bridge. New traffic pattern in story.

Old ramps for west side of Flagler Bridge. New traffic pattern in story.

FDOT News:

On Friday, May 17, the ramp from the westbound Flagler Memorial Bridge to N. Flagler Drive will reopen and a new temporary traffic signal will be placed into service where the ramp meets N. Flagler Drive, weather permitting

Once the ramp reopens, the following traffic pattern changes will be in effect:
• Drivers taking the ramp to N. Flagler Drive, from the westbound bridge, will be required to stop on red at the new traffic signal at the base of the ramp
• Drivers going north or south on Flagler Drive will be required to stop on red at the new signal to allow drivers coming off the ramp to go either north or south on Flagler Drive
• Drivers going north on Flagler Drive, or going north from the ramp, will not be able to go west on
6 Street
• Drivers going east on 6 Street will not be able to go north on Flagler Drive
• Drivers exiting the Bank of America drive-thru will not be able to go north on Flagler Drive

Westbound Drive

Traffic will stay in this pattern for an extended period of time, until a new at-grade intersection at the replacement bridge and N. Quadrille Boulevard is opened to traffic. Drivers are asked to use caution through this area.

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.

Flagler Bridge Repair Cost To Be Nearly Double Earlier Estimate

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When Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad told Palm Beach in March that the damaged Flagler Memorial Bridge would be repaired and stay open during construction of its replacement, he estimated a cost of about $5 million.

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