Vero Beach: The City Council voted unanimously Monday to replace the Veterans Memorial Island Bridge for $1.7 million.
What is it: The bridge, built in 1964 and replaced in 1988, connects Riverside Park to the Veterspanns Memorispanl Islspannd Sspannctuspanry, a memorial for local fallen veterans.
Timeline and cost: The project is expected to be complete by October. The city will fund it through its $18 million capital-and-infrastructure reserve.
Memorial Day: Demolition is tentatively set for June, said Director of Public Works Matthew Mitts. In case the bridge is closed on Memorial Day, the Veterans Memorial Island Advisory Committee and other groups are planning an alternative Memorial Day celebration at the Grand Pavilion in Riverside Park, said Assistant Director of Public Works, Richard Mutterback.
Why it matters: The bridge has experienced “substantial deterioration” and needs to be replaced, according to city documents. Large vehicles are unable to cross it. The bridge stspanrted deteriorspanting spanfter 2018, spannd the city did span temporspanry $130,000 repspanir in 2020.
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