Pineda Causeway bridge work likely to take more than 2 years


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A $3.9 million project to repair concrete tops of seawalls on Pineda Causeway bridges is scheduled to continue through fall 2020.

VIERA VOICE Linda Wiggins

Pineda Causeway’s bridges are undergoing concrete repair work that is expected to take until fall 2020 to complete.

Crews will fix concrete tops of bridge seawalls at six locations along the four-lane, east-west Pineda Causeway, also known as State Road 404, which crosses over the Indian and Banana rivers and links to the beachside, ending at State Road A1A just south of Patrick Air Force Base.

Seacoast Inc. of Oldsmar is the contractor for the $3.9 million project, which will extend from U.S. 1 to west of South Patrick Drive. It is estimated to take more than two years to finish, according to the Florida Department of Transportation, which maintains the causeway.

Some locations will require new sheet piles to be placed before the concrete tops can be formed and poured, according to FDOT Communications Manager Steve Olsen.

Seacoast Inc. plans to work at one location — with two bridges at each one — before moving to the next area, Olsen said. Work is underway on the east side of the causeway.

No lane closures are anticipated during con-struction work, Olsen said.

“The areas around each bridge will be considered an active construction area and should not be entered, even from the water,” Communications Specialist Jessica Ottaviano said in a statement.

Proposed in 1969 to help ease heavy traffic from Kennedy Space Center and Patrick Air Force Base, the Pineda Causeway was completed in 1973 at a cost of about $7.7 million. Pineda was a toll road until 1989, and a toll booth was removed in 1990.

An extension of Pineda Causeway west to Interstate 95 and an interchange at the interstate were finished in May 2011, adding nearly 2 miles to the causeway’s 7-mile length and making it a hurricane evacuation route. The causeway ends just west of I-95, but plans call for the road to connect eventually to Stadium Parkway in Viera.

A state task force has proposed a new highway connecting the Pineda Causeway extension with the Orlando International Airport/Lake Nona area.

About 37,500 vehicles drive on the Pineda Causeway each day, according to a 2011 FDOT estimate.

A flyover bridge planned over the Florida East Coast Railroad on Pineda Causeway, west of U.S. 1, will be named the Maj. Gen. John Cleland Memorial Bridge.

Gen. Cleland died in 2017 at age 92 and had been a resident of Indian River Colony Club since 2001.