Wickham Road To Reopen Between Eau Gallie Boulevard and Aurora Road Thursday Morning
By Space Coast Daily // March 23, 2016
will reopen in time for rush hour
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Wickham Road, between Eau Gallie Boulevard and Aurora Road, will reopen in time for rush hour traffic Thursday morning, nine days ahead of schedule and just in time for the post-spring break return to classes.
Nearly flawless weather, combined with good planning and good luck, played a key role in getting the road, which runs through a busy business corridor, back open and well in advance of its initially targeted re-opening April 2.
The project was planned in advance of the rainy season, which traditionally runs June 1-Nov. 30. Homes and businesses in the area are prone for flooding in major storm events, such as Tropical Storm Faye in 2008.
The stretch of Wickham Road was closed Feb. 22 for installation of a 110-foot long, 8-foot-by 5-foot stormwater culvert that’s designed to help mitigate the frequency and duration of flooding events in the area.
“A reason we chose to do this project this time of the year is the weather and it paid off for us,” said Brevard County Public Works Director John Denninghoff.
On Tuesday, workers completed the pouring of concrete on the grant-funded $800,000 culvert project. Denninghoff said all that remains is some backfilling around the west headwall of the culvert, which is expected to be completed Wednesday afternoon, after the asphalt is poured for the roadway.
Wednesday night, the roadway will be striped, detour signs will be removed and, by early Thursday morning, barricades will be taken down, thus signaling the opening of the roadway to traffic.
Work will continue in the drainage ditch, but should not pose impediments to daily traffic, Denninghoff said.
The county has posted daily updates on Facebook of the project’s progress, including aerials shot by a drone, since it began a month ago.
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