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Camino Real Bridge reopening? Not quite yet

Despite rumors to the contrary, there’s no opening date set for the Camino Real Bridge over the Intracoastal. The word is “soon.”

The county’s still waiting on inspections, according to a reliable source.  

The bridge tender’s house, moved to the opposite/north side, looks painted and ready. But detour signs and barriers were still firmly in place late Thursday afternoon.

You can’t blame drivers, bicycle riders and walkers for being antsy. The bridge closed on April 12, 2018 for a $9 million rehabilitation. Construction was estimated to take one year. But engineers found heavy deterioration that required more repairs.  

When it finally reopens, the new bridge will have a similar design and railing and the same clearance height. But the bridge will be slightly wider, making more room for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The only other bridges to the barrier island in Boca are at Palmetto Park Road and Spanish River Boulevard.

Work on the Spanish River span was postponed a month. It’s now expected to start on Aug. 12. Lane and full closures are scheduled once work begins.

That project is expected to cost $2.4 million and completion was originally expected by this winter 2019.

The work will include:

·    Sandblasting existing paint;

·    Repairing and repainting the steel bridge structure;

·    Rehabilitating bridge span locks;

·    Replacing piling jackets

 By Marci Shatzman

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