Drawbridge repairs to detour traffic

Drawbridge repairs to detour traffic
Crews from Parsons, a construction company contracting with FDOT, work on repairs to the Ortega River Drawbridge.

Motorists and pedestrians can look forward to a 10-day full closure of the Ortega River Drawbridge sometime in early June so that contractors can complete electrical work on the bridge. For boaters, only one side of the bridge decking will be in the open position. Overnight lane closures were in place late last month as crews worked on the bridge.

The overall work being completed consists of cleaning, painting, cosmetic concrete repairs and electrical upgrades to the bridge’s system. “Think of it as a facelift,” said Bianca Speights, Florida Department of Transportation spokesperson. “This facelift is necessary to ensure we continue to maintain the bridge’s lifespan and health for the traveling public’s safety.”

Advance notice of the detour will be provided by way of electronic message boards within a two-week period to advise motorists and pedestrians, according to the FDOT. Once this closure is in place, motorists traveling south to cross the bridge into Ortega will be detoured to San Juan Avenue to Roosevelt Boulevard/U.S. 17. Traffic traveling north out of Ortega will be detoured from Grand Avenue to Ortega Boulevard to Verona Boulevard to Roosevelt Boulevard/U.S. 17.

The work on the $1.735 million project awarded to Astron General Contracting Company began in February is estimated for completion late this year, weather and unforeseen circumstances permitting.

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