Saturday, December 1, 2018

Refurbishment of bridge on schedule

BY JILL ZIMA BORSKI
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.