Melbourne Avenue at Railroad Bridge to Close for a Year Beginning June 28 For Brightline Construction
By Space Coast Daily // June 27, 2021
Nearby Businesses will Remain Open DURING bridge CONSTRUCTION
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Brightline will be closing Melbourne Avenue at the railroad bridge to through traffic for one year beginning on Monday, June 28, to complete work on the bridge.
All businesses located near the construction site will remain open and accessible.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to continue to patronize these local businesses during construction:
■ Crafty Crane
2101 Henley Ct., Melbourne, FL 32901
■ El Ambia Cubano
950 Melbourne Ave., Melbourne, FL 32901
■ Riggs Outpost
990 Melbourne Ave., Melbourne FL 32901
■ Hog Snappers
990 Melbourne Ave., Melbourne, FL 32901
Drivers heading east on Melbourne Avenue may access these businesses without a detour. Westbound drivers should take New Haven Avenue to Melbourne Court and continue on to Melbourne Avenue.
About the Project
Brightline began construction to replace and double track the Crane Creek bridge in 2020. Over the next year, Brightline will continue work on the new east bridge, which is expected to be completed in early 2022.
At that time, trains will be switched from the old bridge to the new east bridge. The old bridge will then be demolished and a new bridge constructed in the footprint of the old main track. Brightline’s work will include the following improvements:
The bridge span over Melbourne Avenue will increase vertical clearance by 11 inches.
The clear waterway openings between the supports on Crane Creek will increase from 45 feet to 65 feet.
In two of the bridge spans, to serve as navigation channels, the vertical clearance for boats under the bridge will increase by approximately one foot. For the remaining in-water spans, the vertical clearance will decrease by approximately 21 inches.
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