Mathers Bridge Maintenance Project Motor Replacement Will Temporarily Halt Boat Traffic Starting July 12
By Space Coast Daily // July 7, 2023
Mathers Bridge first opened in 1927
BREVARD COUNTY • INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH, FLORIDA – Preventative maintenance, including the replacement of two-span motors, will shut down Mathers Bridge to boating traffic during a two-day period in July.
The U.S. Coast Guard has approved closing the swing span bridge to navigational traffic (boats that cannot fit under the bridge) from 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 12, through 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, for the replacement of two span motors associated with the operation of the swing bridge. The motors function to rotate the bridge, and they turn on and off twice for every bridge opening cycle.
They are approaching the end of their service life, according to Brevard County Public Works.
The project may also restrict vehicular access across the bridge to one lane during certain times of the operation. Flagmen will be present to direct traffic. The project was planned to maximize contractor resources and provide the least disruption to the boating public.
The 700-foot low-level Mathers Bridge, first opened in 1927, connects South Tropical Trail on the southern end of Merritt Island to the western end of Banana River Drive in Indian Harbour Beach.
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