Delray Beach/Gulf Stream: December bridge reopening is on schedule

By Steve Plunkett

Construction is on pace for a mid-December reopening of the George Bush Boulevard Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway.

“There’s been no change in the schedule,’’ said Kristine Frazelle-Smith, an engineer
with Palm Beach County’s Roadway Production Division.

The bridge was closed to road traffic and pedestrians July 20 so workers could
install new pilings, repair others and replace sidewalk railings on both
ends. Work is to continue until 6 p.m. Dec. 13.

Motorists must go almost a mile south to Atlantic Avenue or nearly 3 miles north to
Woolbright Road in Boynton Beach to reach the mainland while the George Bush
span is being worked on.

Construction has left some businesses along George Bush Boulevard feeling almost marooned.

“It’s truly hurting the retail people big-time,’’ said Susie McTighe, owner of the
Great Stuff art and antiques shop just west of the bridge. She asked the city to put up a sign on U.S. 1 saying businesses are still open, but was told she needed more people to complain.

“We’re trying to get 10 people to e-mail [Delray Beach chief building official] George
Diaz,’’ she said.

Bridge construction updates are posted at

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