Friday, June 21, 2019

Completion date set back another month

From FDOT:
Bridge Repair/Rehabilitation Project: SR 5/US 1/Overseas Highway/Old Seven Mile Bridge from Knights Key to Pigeon Key (MM 46.8 to MM 44.6)
Project Start: September 2017
Estimated Projected Completion: December 2021

Friday, March 1, 2019

Restoration of Pigeon Key Ramp Begins

by Free Press Staff

PIGEON KEY — Construction has begun on Monroe County’s $2.36 million, grant-funded project to rehabilitate the 1938 Pigeon Key ramp. The project is expected to take 270 days to complete, according to county officials. The ramp — built with timber, concrete and steel — connects the Old Seven Mile Bridge to Pigeon Key, providing the primary access to the island for pedestrians, bicyclists and emergency vehicles. The Monroe County Commission last week approved up to $22,149 for archeological personnel who are required by the State Historical Preservation Office to monitor the work. The ramp is part of the Pigeon Key Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 5-acre Pigeon Key was used as a base camp in the early 1900s for railroad workers building and later operating the final installment of Henry Flagler’s Key West Extension of the Florida East Coast Railway.

The ramp replacement construction plans maintain the overall appearance and basic design of the original structure built eight decades ago. The project is funded with a nearly $2.16 million Transportation Alternative Program grant from the Florida Department of Transportation and $200,000 from the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, which serves as the local match. The commission last week also approved a $165,000 task order with Bender & Associates Architects for a repair and restoration project for the historic commissary building and honeymoon cottage on Pigeon Key. Both buildings were severely damaged by Hurricane Irma. The task order is funded by a TDC District Advisory Committee III bricks and mortar grant. The task order includes updating the 1993 Historic Structures Report at Pigeon Key. An updated report will assist the county in obtaining grants for future restoration projects.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Refurbishment of bridge on schedule

Free Press Contributor

MARATHON – The contractor working on the Old Seven Mile Bridge refurbishment is currently continuing steel repair work, as well as concrete spall repair work under the bridge. According to Kelly McKinnon, executive director of the Pigeon Key Foundation, the bridge refurbishment is on schedule,although completion remains three years out.

Mike Puto, foundation vice president, said the Florida Department of Transportation appears to be doing a good job with the project that stretches from Knight’s Key to Pigeon Key based to staff reports shared at the foundation meetings. 

The roughly two-mile bridge repair and rehabilitation project began Sept. 25, 2017. Work to be performed includes:
• repairing concrete columns;
• repairing steel beam including painting;
• removing retired water main;
• repairing the bridge deck;
• installing pedestrian/ bicycle railing; and
• adding signs and pavement markings along the bridge.

Pedestrian access to the bridge as well as the underpass are prohibited during the project. Some areas such as the pavilion park and 10 parking spaces can be safely accessed. The estimated completion date is October 2021 at a cost of $38 million.


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Old Seven Bridge Repair Update 3-3-18

Bridge Repair/Rehabilitation Project: State Road (SR) 5/US 1/Overseas Highway/Old Seven Mile Bridge from Knights Key to Pigeon Key (MM 46.8 to MM 44.6)
Project Start: September 2017

Estimated Projected Completion: July 2021
PLANNED CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY: The Contractor will be performing abrasive blasting and steel repair work under the bridge this week. However, as a reminder: Please note that there are ten parking spaces and two pavilions open to the public, but the bridge and underpass will remain closed for the duration of the project.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Latest Update from FDOT on Bridge Repair

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Update on Upcoming Construction Work Along Old Seven Mile Bridge

KEYS TOURISM ADVISORY    Aug. 1, 2017 • 9:00 a.m.

News and Information from the Monroe County Tourist Development Council



Upcoming Construction Work Along Old Seven Mile Bridge 


A contractor for the Florida Department of Transportation is scheduled to continue a rehabilitation project on the Old Seven Mile Bridge in mid-August, according to FDOT public information personnel.


Repair work to be performed includes, but is not limited to, restoration of cracked/spalled concrete, painting and rehabilitation of bridge deck expansion joints.


Work schedules are subject to change due to bad weather or other unexpected circumstances.


For more information, call FDOT’s Public Information Office at 305-470-5349, or construction public information specialist Paulette Summers at 786-510-3921. Or visit

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Latest from FDOT on repair schedule for bridge

During the week of July 4, 2016 The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, in conjunction with the Florida Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration began the Knight’s Key Pedestrian Underpass project which is located at the parking lot located at the entrance of the Old Seven Mile Bridge. That project is almost complete.

In November 2017 FDOT is scheduled to begin bridge repair and rehabilitation work on the Old 7 Mile Bridge from Knight’s Key to Pigeon Key. The bridge will be shut down for approximately 1400 days or 4 years, while work is being completed.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Old Seven Mile project won’t be done until 2021

Friday, July 22, 2016

Interview with the President

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Old Seven Mile Bridge closing July 5 for rehab project