BRIDGE

Palm Beach Daily News - - TODAY -

re­stric­tions, the lift span for the tem­po­rary bridge will be in­stalled, the DOT said.

On Fri­day through Sun­day, the west­bound lane on the South­ern Boule­vard Bridge will close nightly from 9:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. as prepa­ra­tions are made to shift the lanes to the north. Two-way traf­fic will be main­tained by a flag crew, one di­rec­tion at a time, in the east­bound lane.

The lane clo­sure is not planned dur­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s next ex­pected visit. On April 1718, Trump is sched­uled to meet­ing with Ja­pan’s Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the White House. But while the pres­i­dent is in town, marine se­cu­rity zones are in ef­fect around Mar-a-Lago, so the ex­tended chan­nel clo­sure will be in ad­di­tion to the usual re­stric­tions.

The tem­po­rary bridge be­ing built will con­nect the town and West Palm Beach while the ag­ing South­ern bridge is torn down and re­placed with a mod­ern span. The tem­po­rary span will open to traf­fic early this sum­mer and re­main in use un­til the per­ma­nent span is com­pleted in early 2021.

The tem­po­rary bridge is to cost about $15 mil­lion, part of the over­all $93 mil­lion price tag for the en­tire re­place­ment project.

Greg Lovett / Daily News

Peo­ple on a per­sonal wa­ter­craft pass by South­ern Boule­vard Bridge con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als Wed­nes­day in the In­tra­coastal Wa­ter­way.

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