Drivers using West Palmetto Park Road can expect travel woes to continue over the next nine months as the county continues its work demolishing and replacing the concrete bridge over the El Rio Canal.
Since the project has been underway, drivers have experienced lane closures and detours between Southwest Eighth Terrace and Southwest Fourth Avenue affecting both eastbound and westbound traffic.
The northern part of the bridge that services westbound traffic has already been demolished, with westbound traffic diverted to one of the eastbound lanes. Traffic will shift to the westbound lanes when the southern part is replaced.
One lane in each direction will be open at all times during the construction, which is expected to be completed in late October 2022.
The work is being done because the bridge was determined to be “functionally obsolete,” said Deputy County Engineer Joanne Keller.
The new bridge will cost $4.3 million, funded by gas taxes and impact fees.
— Mary Hladky

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