Work on Fuller Warren shared-use path is on schedule

Much progress is being made as far as the Florida Department of Transportation’s Fuller Warren Shared-Use Path project is concerned.

Work continues on the Fuller Warren Shared Use Path that will connect the Riverside and San Marco neighborhoods. (Photo courtesy of FDOT)
Work continues on the Fuller Warren Shared Use Path that will connect the Riverside and San Marco neighborhoods. (Photo courtesy of FDOT)

“We are really, really on schedule right now,” said Daryl Goss, community outreach specialist for the Florida Department of Transportation. “We’re over half-way complete. We expect to have the project completed in late 2020.”

The project will add an additional lane to Interstate 95 heading both southbound and northbound across the Fuller Warren Bridge, expanding the road from three to four lanes in each direction. Also included in the project is a shared-use path along Interstate 95 southbound for pedestrians and bicyclists that will be parallel to the southbound lanes. A 10-foot shoulder, a standard barrier and tall fence will separate walkers and cyclists from speeding traffic along the bridge.

The shared-use path that will connect the Riverside and San Marco neighborhoods also includes Riverside Arts Market aesthetics on the Riverside shared-use path off ramp as an accommodation for art in public places. Architecturally decorative lighting features along the path will also be installed. New bridge elements on the shared-use path will mirror current bridge elements with special Riverside Arts Market and Cummer Museum artistic features, according to the FDOT website.

Concrete beams are set on the piers of the Fuller Warren Shared Use Path connecting Riverside with San Marco.
Concrete beams are set on the piers of the Fuller Warren Shared Use Path connecting Riverside with San Marco.

At press time, beams were being set on the western side of the bridge, said Goss. “Piers have been constructed on the east and west sides of the bridge. On the eastern side, the piers are constructed, and the beams are set.” Although work is occurring on the east, west and middle portions of the bridge simultaneously, they are further along on the eastern side and the western side than they are in the middle, he said, noting there will still be another round of setting beams all across the river.

By Marcia Hodgson, Resident Community News

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