It’s been almost five months since the US One bridge closed on March 13 and locals seem to be adjusting to the new detours quite well. Originally built in 1958, the bridge did not meet the state’s operational standards and was overdue for its renovations.
At Alternate A1A and Old Dixie Highway, the intersection was permanently shifted to the southwest with an added traffic signal and a longer left-turn lane from northbound Alternate A1A to northbound Old Dixie Highway.
Temporary changes were made at three other intersections, with turn lane adjustments at U.S. 1 and Indiantown Road, Indiantown Road at Alternate A1A and southbound U.S. 1 at westbound Alternate A1A.
The new bridge will allow more room for boaters, pedestrians and cyclists. It will consist of two 11-foot lanes in each direction, 8-foot sidewalks and 7-foot bike lanes on both sides. Its increased vertical clearance of 42 feet, as well as a wider channel underneath the bridge, will provide more room for boaters. Its increased height is expected to cut down bridge openings by 44% once complete.
A recent update from state officials stated one lane on the bridge should be open by the fall of 2024, with the entire project completed in the spring of 2026. Demolition has been ongoing through the project, but locals are starting to see things come together with new additions every day.
I’ll be providing new updates throughout the project to keep you educated and informed! If you have any questions or comments about the bridge renovations, detours or other local information, please contact me!