PORT ST. LUCIE – On Tuesday, May 9, Port St. Lucie City Council, City staff and project partners will host a public Groundbreaking Event for the Crosstown Parkway Extension Project. The Groundbreaking is to be held on the closed roadway, east of the intersection of Crosstown Parkway and Sandia Drive. This new bridge will span the North Fork of the St. Lucie River, and will provide a third east-west crossing connecting I-95 to US Highway 1 at Village Green Drive. The City invites the public to come and celebrate this momentous occasion.
The event will begin at 10 a.m. and will include remarks from dignitaries, including U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, State Rep. Gayle Harrell, Florida Department of Transportation District Four Secretary Gerry O’Reilly, City of Port St. Lucie Mayor Gregory Oravec as well as project “pioneers” Robert Minsky, Patricia Christensen, Ken Pruitt and Donald Cooper.
The ceremony also will include a tribute to Walter B. England, former Port St. Lucie City Engineer for 23 years. As City Engineer, he was instrumental in leading efforts to build the Crosstown Parkway Extension. In 2009, the City Council voted to dedicate the new bridge in his honor.
The Crosstown Parkway Extension will provide a 6-lane divided roadway and linear park, with an approximately 4,000-foot bridge that will serve as a multi-modal transportation alternative with accommodations for automobile, bicycle, pedestrian and public transit.The Crosstown Parkway Extension Project was first recognized as a local need in 1980 and has continued to be a priority project for the City of Port St. Lucie. The project has received support from local, state and federal agencies. In 2005, 89 percent of city voters who cast ballots in the June 7, 2005 special election voted to approve a bond referendum to fund the design and construction of the project.
Upon expected completion in Fall of 2019, the Crosstown Parkway Extension will increase connectivity between I-95 and US Highway 1 and help alleviate traffic congestion, providing relief to Port St. Lucie Boulevard and Prima Vista Boulevard. The project will improve public safety and emergency response times and provide an additional evacuation route in emergencies. The bridge will feature bike lanes, sidewalks and overlooks.
For more information on the ceremony and related events, please contact Beth Zsoka, Crosstown Parkway Extension Project Public Information Officer by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 772-871-5176; or contact Sarah Prohaska, City of Port St. Lucie Public Information Officer at email@example.com or 772-873-6326.