Palm Bay Road Closed Monday Night For Pipe Repairs
By Space Coast Daily // April 8, 2014
repairs projected to be completed by June 11
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Brevard County Public Works closed Palm Bay at 10 p.m. on Monday night for replacement of a collapsed stormwater drain at the road’s intersection with Minton Road.
The closure, which was delayed two weeks, involves a stretch of Palm Bay Road between Minton Road and Norfolk Parkway.
The delay was prompted by a principle vendor’s inability to provide the required concrete box culverts to repair the failed steel pipe.
Signs have been posted since March 10 to prepare motorists of the pending closure. Brevard County Public Works Director John Denninghoff said the delay will hopefully provide the traveling public additional time to plan alternate routes to use once the project gets underway the night of April 7.
When announcing the two-week delay, Denninghoff said plans remain to have the project completed by June 11 as previously announced.
The collapsed pipe was first discovered in late February and emergency repairs were made. However, drainage in the area is a concern and efforts are being made to complete the work before the rainy season is well underway and before the peak of the hurricane season.
“We will remain vigilant to the degree possible, regarding the drainage status for the area north of Palm Bay Road to minimize potential for flooding in the event of severe weather,” Denninghoff said.
“We are hopeful that drivers and businesses will be able to use the additional time prior to the road closure to thoroughly prepare for the impacts to traffic flow in the area.”