Before announcing the “imminent” closure of the Flagler Memorial Bridge last month, state officials considered — and rejected — a plan to shore up the span because it would have cost $20 million more and taken longer than simply building the new bridge.
The safest alternative, state officials decided, would be to close the 86-year-old bridge on April 1, even though the $94 million replacement would not be ready for traffic until September 2014.
Today, Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad is expected to announce how consultants taking a fresh look over the past two weeks would keep the old span open while its replacement is built.
The meetings with the public will be held at Palm Beach Town Hall (360 S. County Road) at 2:30 p.m. and at West Palm Beach City Hall (401 Clematis St.) at 4 p.m.
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