Boca Raton: Inlet bridge ready to reopen

8025673084?profile=originalMaterials and tarps cover both of the unmoveable portions of the bridge over the Boca Raton Inlet in late August. The bridge is getting a cleaning and new paint. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Steve Plunkett


The bridge over the Boca Raton Inlet, which has been closed for repainting, will reopen to vehicles and pedestrians at approximately noon on Oct. 8, the Florida Department of Transportation announced.

"Normal bridge operations have resumed with on-demand openings for marine vessels," FDOT spokeswoman Angel Streeter Gardner said. "Painting operations are anticipated to continue through the end of the month of October."

The bascule bridge, officially known as the Haven Ashe Bridge after a longtime bridge tender, closed to land traffic in August.

The state DOT is changing the paint color from light blue to dark blue.

The agency expects the work to be done by late fall.

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