A new update from the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority shows that vehicle traffic on the Boca Grande Causeway can expect delays at various times during the next few months.
Kathy Banson-Verrico, GIBA’s executive director, said the delays will be to accommodate material deliveries and construction activities.
Kathy said the new tender house roof, windows, air conditioning, street lights, temporary bridge controls, traffic barrier gates, railings, and handrails have all been installed, and they are currently working on the interior of the bridge house, including the flooring, painting, and cabinet work.
The swing span steel is being balanced and prepared for the next construction phase, which includes the concrete for the main deck.
The initial roadway paving on the north east side of the new bridge was completed yesterday.
“We are anticipating that vehicular traffic will be switched to the new bridge in the August-September time frame,” Kathy said. “Safety is our top priority and we need drivers to be aware and slow down when passing through the construction zone. The Charlotte County Sheriff is present along the causeway and will enforce the construction zone posted speed limit of 20 mph.”
Boats needing more than 22 feet of clearance will require a dual opening. This dual process slows the opening time to approximately 12-15 minutes.
“This process will continue until the existing swing bridge is removed,” Kathy said. “We are expecting additional closures to boat traffic this summer for critical construction work.”
Check the bridge’s website, giba.us, for more updates.