Attention boaters: Water under U.S. 1 bridge in North Palm is now open


Now that crews have removed a 90,000-pound slab of concrete from the C-17 Canal, the waterway is again open to boaters, the South Florida Water Management District announced Monday.

RELATED: U.S. 1 bridge in North Palm closing for repairs this weekend

A chunk of the sidewalk and concrete wall along the southbound side of the U.S. 1 bridge just north of Northlake Boulevard collapsed about 9:30 a.m. Oct. 18.

RELATED: No quick solutions after partial collapse of North Palm Beach bridge

The sidewalks on both sides of the bridge and the canal, locally known as the Earman River, have been closed since the partial collapse. Cables that held the sidewalk to the bridge failed.

Crews completely closed the bridge this weekend to pluck the concrete out of the water and remove all the sidewalks and walls. Temporary barriers were installed. The bridge reopened Sunday evening with two lanes in each direction for cars and the outermost lanes for walkers and bicyclists.

The Florida Department of Transportation hasn’t determined a permanent fix or how long it will take to complete, a spokeswoman said Friday. 

The department awarded a $399,000 contract to Johnson Bros. Construction for the work the company did over the weekend.

About 26,500 cars a day move across the stationary bridge. It was built in 1956 and rebuilt in 2003. It was last inspected in November 2015, when inspectors reported they were satisfied with the condition of the bridge, but it’s not built to meet modern standards.


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