Sidewalks — long desired for the U.S. 1 drawbridge overlooking the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse — are scheduled as part of a $16 million bridge overhaul planned for the fall of 2015.
Pedestrians now have two choices walking across the bridge, which is 24 feet above the mean water line. They can either walk outside the knee-high guardrail and step on overgrown grass and around shrubs. Or they can walk inside the guardrail and step along U.S. 1 as vehicles whiz by about 10 feet away.
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Bridge work is nothing new in northern Palm Beach County. Recent work includes:
— Replacing the Little Lake Worth bridge near Lost Tree Village on Jack Nicklaus Drive for $3.9 million.
— The drawbridge from Tequesta to Jupiter Island was closed for several nights this year for repairs.
— Two bridges north and south of Burt Reynolds Park were replaced with taller spans for about $12 million.
— The Tequesta Drive Bridge over the Loxahatchee River in Tequesta was replaced in 2010 for $2.4 million.