U.S. 1/Earman River bridge reconstruction project
UPDATE: April 25, 2022
UPDATE March 16, 2022
FDOT holding public meeting about U.S. 1/Earman bridge replacement
FDOT will host a public meeting about the U.S. 1 Earman River Bridge replacement on Thursday, March 24th at 6 p.m. in the Country Club & online. Village staff will be there to talk about the U.S. 1 lane reduction proposal and the project to bury electric lines throughout the Village.
Background to U.S. 1 / Earman River bridge replacement project
Following the collapse of a portion of the bridge in 2017, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has been working on plans to reconstruct the U.S. 1 bridge over the Earman River. The Village has been working with FDOT to include pedestrian amenities and architectural features on the bridge to enhance the appearance of our “front door” and make it more accommodating for pedestrians and bicyclists.
The Council has been reviewing design elements and pedestrian amenities such as lighting (both for pedestrians and under water), landscaping, bench design and placement, garbage can design and placement, as well as a proposed overhead trellis design.
Other elements include the design of railing and color schemes, and the width of a combined sidewalk/bike path, which currently is contemplated to be 11 feet, 4 inches wide. These sidewalk paths would be constructed on both sides of the bridge and would provide enhanced views of the waterway below.
The Village is working collaboratively with FDOT to determine the final design. FDOT will provide most of the funding for construction costs and will oversee the entire rebuild project. The Village will contribute funding for some of the pedestrian amenities and is looking for grants to assist as well.
FDOT is planning to raise the bridge an additional 18 inches (approximately) above the current height, which would allow more room for boats passing underneath on the Earman. As part of the redesign on U.S. 1, the Council considered a proposal to build a boardwalk under the bridge to allow pedestrians to cross beneath the roadway, however, it was decided that plan would not be worth the additional cost at this time.
When the bridge reconstruction is done, the southbound section of U.S. 1 between the bridge and Northlake Boulevard will have a second right turn lane added to facilitate the western turning movement onto Northlake Boulevard.
FDOT plans to build the bridge to accommodate three lanes in each direction, regardless of whether or not the Village moves forward with a proposal to repurpose the outer lanes on U.S. 1 from Anchorage Drive South to Anchorage Drive North. South of Northlake Boulevard, leaving the Village, U.S. 1 will continue to be two lanes each direction as it is configured now.
No final bridge design is in place yet as additional engineering work is still needed. Construction of the new bridge is expected to start in March of 2023.