^View of the Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal Waterway from a water taxi with a drawbridge ahead. Image Courtesy of Jorg Hackemann at Shutterstock.com
During the majority of the project and while the construction is ongoing, the bridge will function on the regular single-leaf opening. For the double leaf openings, the contractor will request the mariners to give four-hour notice from 8AM to 12AM and eight-hour notice between 12AM and 8AM.
Phase 1 of the project started October 2015 and this will last until the spring of 2016. This includes replacing of maintenance platforms for traffic gates and sidewalk decking across bridge span, installing of bicycle-friendly riding surface, renovating the bridge control house and the upgrading of guardrail attachments.
Phase 2 will start from spring to summer of 2016. This project will consist of replacing of machinery, electrical, and control elements, replacing of the signals and bridge-mounted sign structure and removing of existing coat and re-coating the bridge steel superstructure, and also installing of pavement markings.
Motorists are advised to use the detour SE 5th Avenue to Sheridan Street to N. Ocean Drive/ SR A1A as the bridge will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic for l60 days.