Brightline to begin drawbridge work on Loxahatchee River Bridge in Jupiter – About Your Online Magazine

Construction crews working on Brightline’s expansion to Orlando started to work on bridge foundation preparations at the Loxahatchee River Bridge on Thursday morning.

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However, before the bridge foundation can be installed, the drawbridge will need to be in a down position on Aug. 4 and Aug. 9 for about 12 hours each day while crews do their work.


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During this time, boaters will not be able to get through.

Engineers with Brightline say this is so it can be worked on safely for everyone involved.

They say the end goal is to create extra support for the drawbridge, which dates back to 1925. This is being done by adding new structural steel and replacing electrical and mechanical parts.

The bridge runs between East Riverside Drive and Alternative A1A in Jupiter.

Over the next year and a half, Brightline said it will also be adding a second train track and replacing the current one.

“This is to help facilitate Brightline’s operations, increase freight trains and get trains up and down the community faster,” said Scott Dean, structures manager and engineer for Brightline.

Once the project is done, Brightline said boaters will have more clearance to get through because they are working on making a larger span.

“On the Southern end we are going to put in a small boat span which is going to raise the headroom for all the boats so that more boats can get under if bridge is down,” added Dean.

Brightline is in coordination with the Coast Guard, Jupiter Inlet District and local municipalities throughout the process.

They will also be rolling out a text alert system via a message board on the channel that will provide updated information on the work schedules.

The $34 million project will be completed by late 2022.

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