Fortenberry/Plumosa Intersection In Merritt Island Reopens

By  //  March 28, 2014

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Focus Turns to Palm Bay Road

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ABOVE MAP: The Fortenberry/Plumosa project to upgrade utilities, drainage and provide improved lanes and sidewalks at the intersection near Merritt Square Mall cost about $2.5 million, but was reopened to traffic 19 days ahead of its targeted April 15 completion date. 

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Public Works crews will jump from one major road project to another following the reopening today, March 28, of the Fortenberry Road/Plumosa Street intersection in Merritt Island and the April 7 start-up of a stormwater drain replacement project at Palm Bay Road.

John Denninghoff

John Denninghoff

The Fortenberry/Plumosa project to upgrade utilities, drainage and provide improved lanes and sidewalks at the intersection near Merritt Square Mall cost about $2.5 million, but was reopened to traffic 19 days ahead of its targeted April 15 completion date.

Brevard County Public Works Director John Denninghoff said some additional drainage work is needed, but it won’t affect traffic.

He also said some additional asphalt needs to go down, but that work will be done in the overnight hours and won’t begin until the emergency Palm Bay Road project is completed.

“We will abandon this project for now to focus on Palm Bay Road, ” Denninghoff said. “We will come back, but won’t be on the road. We will install other improvements outside of the travel way and a final layer of asphalt will be installed as well, but these improvements will be done without general lane closure or will be done at night.”

FOCUS NOW TURNS TO PALM BAY ROAD

“We will abandon this project for now to focus on Palm Bay Road. We will come back, but won’t be on the road. We will install other improvements outside of the travel way and a final layer of asphalt will be installed as well, but these improvements will be done without general lane closure or will be done at night.” — John Denninghoff

The Merritt Island project was begun in July 2013, and the intersection was closed to traffic this past January. Denninghoff cited predominately good weather and persistent effort on the part of County staff and vendors for helping achieve the earlier-than-scheduled reopening.

Within the next 10 days, crews will embark on a nearly $1 million project to replace a collapsed steel stormwater drain pipe at the Palm Bay Road intersection with Minton Road.

The collapsed pipe was discovered in February and temporary repairs were made to keep the heavily residential and business corridor drained and Palm Bay Road open.

Within the next 10 days, crews will embark on a nearly $1 million project to replace a collapsed steel stormwater drain pipe at the Palm Bay Road intersection with Minton Road. The collapsed pipe was discovered in February and temporary repairs were made to keep the heavily residential and business corridor drained and Palm Bay Road open.

Within the next 10 days, crews will embark on a nearly $1 million project to replace a collapsed steel stormwater drain pipe at the Palm Bay Road intersection with Minton Road. The collapsed pipe was discovered in February and temporary repairs were made to keep the heavily residential and business corridor drained and Palm Bay Road open.

The goal now is to make permanent repairs before the Hurricane Season gets underway and before the peak of the rainy season. The project is targeted for completion by July 11.

Since March 10, variable message boards have been posted throughout the Palm Bay Road area and on Interstate 95 at the Palm Bay Road exit ramps to alert motorists of the pending project. Palm Bay Road will officially close to traffic beginning at 10 p.m. April 7.

In the meantime, those who travel the area are strongly encouraged to plan alternate routes to avoid the construction area and to prepare to leave early to ensure they reach their destination on time once the work gets underway.


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