Bridge work continues, farther south
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