As one of nine active swing span bridges in the state of Florida, this 202-foot structure connects Indian Harbour Beach with the south tip of Merritt Island. The replacement project called for the complete removal of the existing components so as to install a new, wider structural steel swing span, machinery, pivot pier, and concrete pile foundation. The project also included the widening of both approaches, a new pedestrian railing, a traffic barrier, roadway grating, and an aluminum sidewalk. Complete control house renovations and painting brought the project to a close.
The client needed to replace the bridge crossing due to the extremely low structural rating, and wanted to maintain a low-level structure because there was not enough approach distance from the south tip of Merritt Island to allow a high-level fixed bridge or traditional bascule. The PCL project team devised a plan to remove the existing swing span and pivot pier in two individual picks to accelerate the removal schedule. This created additional time for the new swing span to be built in place on temporary falsework in the open position, rather than relying on offsite assembly and a float-in scheme that relied on favorable weather. This planning, with safety and quality at the forefront, paid dividends when the 2005 hurricane season proved to be the busiest and most damaging on record. This partnered success story satisfied the client and stakeholders, who hosted a community gathering to re-open the bridge.
Best of 2005 – Award of Merit: Transportation - Southeast Construction
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