Friday, March 21, 2014

Palm Bay 'Carmageddon' Delayed

PALM BAY, Florida – Motorists who routinely use a heavily traveled stretch of Palm Bay Road, between Minton Road east toward Interstate 95, have two more weeks to plan alternate routes before work gets underway to replace a collapsed stormwater drain that will close Palm Bay Road for an estimated 11 weeks.
 
 
That's because Brevard County Public Works announced on Wednesday a two-week delay in its plans to close Palm Bay Road beginning at 10 p.m. Monday, March 24, for replacement of a collapsed stormwater drain at the road's intersection with Minton Road. The closure, which involves a stretch of Palm Bay Road between Minton Road and Norfolk Parkway, will now take place starting at 10 p.m. April 7.


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.


While announcing a 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."