Laurie Sanderson updated Historic City News reporters that construction has started on the replacement of the San Sebastian River Bridge on US-1 (Ponce de Leon Boulevard) just north of King Street.
A construction open house to provide information to and answer questions from the public is scheduled from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, July 11, in The Alcazar Room (St. Augustine City Hall Commission Chambers) on the first floor at 75 King Street.
Information provided to the public at this informal open house will include computer renderings showing the bridge’s anticipated appearance after construction is complete, traffic and pedestrian impacts, project time frame and other details.
Representatives of the Florida Department of Transportation and the project team, Archer Western Contractors Ltd. and GAI Consultants, will be available to answer questions related to the project.
Construction officially began in June with placement of concrete barrier wall just west of US-1 in preparation for building embankment starting in mid-July. By September, crews plan to begin reconstructing the medians and removing curb in preparation for shifting the bridge’s four traffic lanes slightly east to accommodate construction of the new bridge.
The new structure will be a four-lane bridge and will include a concrete barrier separating vehicles and pedestrians.
The Florida Department of Transportation contracted with the Design Build team of Archer Western Contractors Ltd. and GAI Consultants to design and replace the San Sebastian River Bridge at a cost of $13.5 million and to complete the project by Spring, 2013. Archer Western Contractors Ltd. and GAI Consultants are also working together to build the new State Road 9B in Duval County. Replacement of the bridge, built in 1960, has been under discussion between FDOT officials and the City of St. Augustine in recent months. The project was accelerated by FDOT to prevent conflicts with the City of St. Augustine’s 450th anniversary.
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