Bridge work con­tin­ues, far­ther south

Palm Beach Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By TONY DORIS

As surely as swal­lows re­turn to Capis­trano, bridge work­ers flock to the is­land.

The swal­lows even­tu­ally leave for the off-sea­son. The bridge work­ers stay, though. At least, that’s been the pat­tern: mi­grat­ing from one span to an­other — mid­dle bridge, north bridge and now south.

So as tourists and sea­sonal res­i­dents make their re­turn this year, they’ll find traf­fic pat­terns have shifted but the scene re­mains fa­mil­iar.

With the Fla­gler Me­mo­rial Bridge fi­nally done, re­link­ing the North End to West Palm Beach, work has shifted to the South­ern Boule­vard cause­way bridges. Con­struc­tion there be­gan April 3 on the $93 mil­lion re­place­ment of the two bridges over the In­tra­coastal Wa­ter­way.

An­gel Streeter Gard­ner, a Florida Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion com­mu­nity out­reach spe­cial­ist, said visitors this sea­son will see con­struc­tion of a tem­po­rary span just north of the old South­ern draw­bridge. The old one will stay in use un­til spring, when the tem­po­rary bridge is sched­uled to open to traf­fic and the old one is torn down.

Work­ers will try to keep traf­fic flow­ing on both lanes of the old bridge as much as pos­si­ble but there will be oc­ca­sions when work will re­quire that one lane close, Gard­ner said.

Next week is one of those oc­ca­sions. From 7:30 p.m. Mon­day to 6 a.m. Tues­day, the west­bound lane will be closed to al­low work crews to pour ce­ment piers for the tem­po­rary bridge.

The bridge re­place­ment pro­ject will

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