Lighthouse Point new bridge construction delayed

Q: Signs say the completion date for the Kingfisher Waterway Bridge is now summer of 2014. It appears no actual work has taken place for some time and I'm wondering whether the already extended completion date from the spring is realistic and why the timetable had to be changed.

Jeffrey L. Resnick, Lighthouse Point

A: The contractor damaged private seawalls on three adjacent residential properties during pile driving for the bridge project, according to Lighthouse Point's web site.

Workers are making repairs to the seawalls so work on the bridge can continue. That's what has pushed back the completion. The Florida Department of Transportation, which is managing the $1.2 million federally funded project for the city, says the new two-lane bridge will be completed this fall. The bridge carries Northeast 23rd Avenue over the waterway.

In addition to the new span, new drainage, sidewalks, curbs and ramps to accommodate the Americans with Disabilities Act also are being built.

Q: Why is a wall being built on the shoulder of southbound Interstate 95 south of Woolbright Road? There aren't any homes there. It seems this is dangerous because of the proximity of the roadway.

Alec Pokras, Boynton Beach

A: The Tri-Rail's tracks and a canal lie between the interstate and homes of Golfview Harbour Estates.

The area qualified for a noise wall when I-95 was widened through Boynton Beach 10 years ago, but engineers couldn't come up with a solution to install them close enough to the homes to make them effective.

The state later came up with a design using Boynton Beach land to install the wall closer to the 36 homes that will benefit.

Shoulder barriers can be found all along I-95 in Boca Raton, Lake Worth and West Palm Beach, as well in Broward County. "Most of the noise barriers on I-595 are shoulder barriers. They are crashed tested and incorporate the same safety shape as all other crash barriers," said DOT spokeswoman Meredith Cruz.

The 2,480-foot wall from north of Lake Ida Road to south of Woolbright Roads should be completed in the fall.

Q: What's the road work on Flamingo Road south of State Road 84 that started in early May?

John Connaughton, Davie

A: A new traffic signal is being installed at Flamingo and Southwest Eighth Street.

The state also is widening Eighth Street and the southbound right turn lane on Flamingo with "keyhole" bike lanes. A keyhole bike lane runs between the right turn lane and the outside through lane an intersection, allowing bikers to continue through the intersection without getting in the way of drivers turning right.

A state traffic study determined that a new signal was warranted at the intersection.

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