FDOT Reveals New Details on US-1 Bridge Project

March 6, 2023
The official reopening date is November 2024

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) unveiled new details about the new US-1 Jupiter Bridge last week at a public information session. The new details included an observation deck, and traffic alert systems so drivers won’t have to sit in traffic when they are diverted to the alternate routes.

"They’ll be able to keep their eyes on the detours and if they see any issues or backups with traffic flow they’ll be able to make those adjustments in real-time," FDOT's community outreach director Angel Gardener said referring to FDOT bridge specialists who will be watching the traffic diversions.

Another feature on the new bridge will include designated paths for bicyclists and pedestrians.

"There is going to be some impact but at the end of the day they are going to get a beautiful new bridge, it is going to be a landmark for the community. It’s going to have bike lanes, it's going to have sidewalks," Gardner said.

FDOT says the new bridge be wider, consisting of two 11-foot travel lanes in each direction.

"We also have to increase the bridge clearance horizontally and vertically," project manager Bodler Barthelemy said of the new bridge that will be 17 feet higher at its peak so more vessels can pass under the bridge without it opening.

While November 2024 is the official reopening date both the mayor of Jupiter and FDOT officials say they are confident this project could be done as early as July 2024 and it's already ahead of schedule.

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Source: WPBF.com