Rockledge Elected Officials, Brevard County Commissioners Celebrate Barnes Boulevard Completion
By Lisa Nicholas // March 30, 2018
$22 million project consisted of widening County-owned Barnes Boulevard from two to four lanes
BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA – Rockledge Mayor Thomas J. Price and other Rockledge elected officials, Brevard County Commissioners and special guests gathered Thursday at Playa Del Sol Drive to celebrate the completion of the Barnes Boulevard widening project.
The $22 million construction project consisted of widening County-owned Barnes Boulevard from two to four lanes and also included the addition of a median, turn lanes and intersection enhancements from Fiske Boulevard on the west, to just east of Murrell Road.
“For many years, Barnes Boulevard has experienced, and our citizens have enjoyed, a tremendous amount of development along this corridor,” stated Mayor Tom Price.
“But that growth led to an increased strain on infrastructure that was already beginning to age, so this project was critical for any future expansion,” Mayor Price said.
Preliminary engineering for the project began in 2000, and officials broke ground in November 2014.
Rockledge City Manager Dr. Brenda Fettrow indicated that the City of Rockledge was well aware of the need to overhaul the roadway for any potential development.
“Because of the significance of this construction project, the City of Rockledge contributed more than $1.8 million dollars in transportation impact fees and budgeted $250,000.00 dollars for aesthetic enhancements,” said City Manager Fettrow.
“Funds were also contributed to the construction of a privacy wall in the vicinity of Wendy’s, resulting in a total City of Rockledge investment of more than $2.1 million dollars to this much-needed venture,” Dr. Fettrow said.
In addition to commemorating the completion of Barnes Boulevard, City of Rockledge officials and dignitaries also observed the dedication of David Henderson Way, which extends north off of Barnes Boulevard and serves the Space Coast RV Park and Indian Oaks.
The roadway is aptly named for longtime Rockledge assistant city manager and finance director, David Henderson, in recognition of his 39 years of devoted service to the City of Rockledge and its residents.
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