PORT ST. LUCIE – The City reached a major milestone as the Crosstown Parkway Extension Project contractor poured concrete for the final bridge deck on Friday, February 8, officially connecting the Walter B. England, III Memorial Bridge over the North Fork of the St. Lucie River.
With deck pours starting in March 2018, the contractor poured a total of 31 decks in 11 months. Decks were poured during nighttime hours due to weather conditions including air temperature, wind speed and humidity to ensure the quality of the riding surface and prevent cracking.
“This last deck pour was a history-making event and a visible sign of the tremendous progress being made on the Crosstown Parkway bridge,” Port St. Lucie City Manager Russ Blackburn said. “We know residents are very excited about this progress. However, we’d like to remind drivers that the bridge still needs work, and it is not yet open.”
A video of the last deck pour can be accessed at https://youtu.be/AwF8YbsEceE.
While the bridge now connects the existing Crosstown Parkway with U.S. Highway 1 at Village Green Drive; drivers will not be permitted to drive over the bridge until project completion. The contractor still has significant activities that need to take place, including the installation of bridge deck joints, barrier walls, highway lighting, Minnesota rail and pedestrian handrail. The contractor also will be planing and grooving the decks, which improve water runoff and rideability for the deck surface.
The contractor also has additional roadway activities taking place this year along U.S. Highway 1 and Coral Reef Street. Residents will see the roadway activities being finalized from Sandia Drive to the river at Coral Reef Street, which are necessary to link traffic to the new bridge. Residents can also anticipate delivery of landscaping and other project aesthetics to put the finishing touches on Crosstown.
Due to the activities under the bridge at Coral Reef Drive, the EarthCam was removed from the project. The camera, power supply and communication feed were all in direct conflict with the construction activities that need to take place which include drainage, roadway construction and activities for the plaza under the bridge. The EarthCam was a valuable real-time video streaming service that provided an opportunity for residents to see the construction of the bridge. The EarthCam captured a majority of the bridge activities for the east side. A time lapse video of the EarthCam footage can be found on the project website under project videos. As construction continues for the roadway and bridge, residents will be able to access photos, videos and project highlights on the project website at www.crosstownextension.com. The City is now investigating ways to utilize the camera at other locations.
The six-lane divided highway and bridge will provide a much needed third east-west connection across the North Fork of the St. Lucie River, alleviating traffic congestion on Port St. Lucie and Prima Vista Boulevards. The project will also serve as a multi-modal transportation alternative with accommodations for automobile, bicycle, pedestrian and public transit.
Bridge opening and project completion is anticipated in Fall 2019.
For more information, 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 Sarah Prohaska, City of Port St. Lucie PIO at email@example.com or 772-873-6326.