Road Construction Underway In Port Canaveral To Improve Traffic Flow and Safety

By  //  February 15, 2019

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new “wayfinding” system comes to the Port

Construction crews begin installing new signs near Cruise Terminal 1. (Above Left) Grading and paving are underway for a new traffic lane approach for Cruise Terminal 8. (Above Right)

BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Work is underway at Port Canaveral for wider roads, improved traffic signals and a new “wayfinding” system around the Port to accommodate increased vehicle traffic generated by the Port’s operations growth.

The roadway upgrades will improve traffic flow and promote traffic safety around the Port’s northside cruise terminals and growing cargo operations.

The project is part of a comprehensive port-wide intermodal road improvements plan to revamp Port Canaveral’s roadway infrastructure to support heavy loading equipment and trucks, relieve congestion, improve safety and expand efficiency and capacity of Port roadways.

John Murray

“Increased cargo volumes, coupled with our growing cruise business and tourism activity here emphasize the need for our roadways to better handle the growing number of vehicles moving through our Port,” Port CEO Capt. John Murray stated.

“Investing in critical infrastructure, like wider roads, improved traffic signals and better signage ensures our Port remains safe, efficient and accessible for everyone.”

New wayfinding sign installed on George King Boulevard, the Port’s main south side artery, guides traffic to some of the Port’s busiest landmarks (Image by Canaveral Port Authority)

The Northside Roadway Improvement Project and the Port’s wayfinding project have a combined total cost of $16.3 million, funded in part by an $8.25 million grant from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund.

The Northside Roadway Improvement Project includes an $8.1 million investment in northside terminal roadways to add road lanes, new signaling, a new emergency access roadway, and improved commercial parking in front of cruise terminals.

Additionally, an $8.2 million investment in wayfinding and new directional and electronic signage throughout the Port and along State Roads 528, 401 and A1A will improve traffic navigation to cruise terminals and cargo piers.

Ivey’s Construction Inc., a Merritt Island-based general contractor, was awarded the roadway and wayfinding projects last year.

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The wayfinding project is slated to be finished by late May 2019, followed by the roadway work completion in July 2019.

Canaveral Port Authority’s (CPA) roadway network connects and intersects with Florida State Highways SR 528 – the east-west connector from Port Canaveral to interstate highways I-95 and I-4 – and, SR 401, which borders Port Canaveral’s west and north boundaries and is the only roadway linking the Port’s north and southside cruise and cargo operations.

Port operations, cruise guests and visitors share SR 401 with the U.S. Air Force, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Kennedy Space Center, the U.S. Navy Ordnance Training Unit, the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and Canaveral Fire Rescue Department.