Today the temporary bridge for the Southern Boulevard Bridge Replacement Project opened to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
The vertical lift span bridge opens with one lane of traffic in each direction and a sidewalk for pedestrians on the north side.
The temporary bridge will remain in operation for approximately 2 years as the existing bridge is demolished and the replacement bridge built. The temporary bridge will have a vertical clearance of 14 feet in the closed position and 65 feet in the open position with a 125-foot navigable channel. The bridge will maintain an opening schedule of twice per hour at 15 minutes and 45 minutes past the hour. There may be half-channel closures during construction.
The Southern Boulevard (SR 80) Bridges Replacement 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 Washington Road in West Palm Beach and State Road A1A/South Ocean Boulevard in 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. Active construction began April 3, 2017 and will last until early 2021. The estimated construction cost is $93 million.
Angel Streeter Gardner,
Community Outreach Specialist,
Please visit the project website at www.southernblvdbridge.com for additional information.