By Steve Plunkett

After missing a June 20 target for reopening the Camino Real bridge and then a less definite goal “towards the end of July,” Palm Beach County officials on July 30 had not committed to a new opening date.

Deputy County Engineer Tanya McConnell said contractor Kiewit Construction had two milestones to meet as part of its $8.9 million contract, one for the opening of the bridge and the other for completion of the project.

“The contractor has been put on notice that they are currently incurring $10,000 per day for the opening and about $3,000 per day for the overall contract,” McConnell said in an email to County Commissioner Robert Weinroth.

The work is still being inspected, McConnell said.

“We have a separate company doing the inspections called AE Engineering. We also have our county inspection staff in an oversight role,” she 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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