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Boca Raton: At long last, Camino Real bridge to reopen Aug. 6

By Steve Plunkett

The Camino Real bridge — closed nearly 16 months for reconstruction — will reopen Aug. 6, Palm Beach County officials say.

County Commissioner Robert Weinroth's office said it would hold a short ceremony starting at 10 a.m.

"We estimate the opening will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes," Weinroth's senior aide, Lucia Bonavita, said.

Valet parking will be available at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, Bonavita said.

Contractor Kiewit Construction missed a June 20 target for reopening the bridge and then a less definite goal "towards the end of July," county officials said. As recently as July 31, Deputy County Engineer Tanya McConnell said she was not able to give a date for the reopening.

"We are in the latter stages of construction but that is as much as I am able to say at this time," McConnell said.

Kiewit is being fined $10,000 per day for the opening and about $3,000 per day for the overall contract, McConnell said.

The bridge closed to land traffic on April 12, 2018. Crews started working nights in mid-May to meet the anticipated June 20 reopening. 

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