110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
posted Jan 15, 2014 - 11:56:19am
Work will continue until early this summer on the 59-year-old bridge that links West Volusia and Lake County, but motorists will be able to cross on the Whitehair Bridge even while repairs are underway.
The Florida Department of Transportation hired Quinn Construction of Palmetto to do about $1.1 million worth of work to the 525-foot span, including replacing the locks that hold the bridge closed when tall boats are not passing underneath, and checking the steel members under the bridge for wear.
The work is mostly routine maintenance, FDOT Steve Olson explained.
The Whitehair Bridge, rising 16.5 feet above the St. Johns River, takes State Road 44 from Volusia County’s western edge into Lake County.
Traffic on the two-lane bridge will be restricted to a single lane during construction, and motorists should be on the lookout for new traffic patterns and signals at the bridge, the FDOT said.
The automated signals will run 24 hours a day, regulating traffic day and night.
Plans are for the bridge to be passable during the entire 160-day construction period, but if it is necessary to close the bridge, at least a week’s notice will be given, according to FDOT spokeswoman Irina Lallemand. Updates will be posted at www.cflroads.com, she said.
An average of 9,400 vehicles cross on the Whitehair Bridge each day, including trucks.
The FDOT urged motorists to use caution in the area of the bridge during construction work, and to stay alert for workers and equipment.
Barring delays caused by weather or other unforeseen circumstances, the work, which began Jan. 6, should be finished in early summer, Lallemand said.
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