Sunday, June 01, 2008

Muse Bridge Closed For Ten Weeks

Lengthy Detour For Residents And Businesses

MUSE, FL. -- The two-lane bridge along County Road 720 spanning the Bee Branch River will be closed Wednesday, June 4 and remain closed until Monday, August 18.  The old bridge will be demolished and replaced with a new, wider bridge scheduled to open on or before the first day of school, Monday, August 18.

While the Bee Branch River Bridge is closed to traffic, motorists traveling along CR 720 will use a detour route to get from one side of the river to the other.
The westbound detour route from CR 720 is Fernwood Road (1 mile) to Crescent Acres Road (3.5 miles) to State Road 78 (4.8 miles) to Kirby Road (.2 miles) to Kirby Thompson Road (5 miles) and back to westbound CR 720.

Motorists traveling east on CR 720 should follow Kirby Thompson Road to Kirby Road to SR 78 to Crescent Acres Road to Fernwood Road in order to reach CR 720 on the east side of the river.

The $1.4 million Florida Department of Transportation project will build a 48-foot-wide bridge that will be open to trucks. The old bridge, which prohibits truck traffic, is about 20 feet wide. Working in cooperation with the Glades County Board of County Commissioners and the Glades County School Board, the department has directed its contractor, Pittsfield Construction, Inc. to build the new bridge during a 75-day period when school is not in session.

In addition to a newly constructed bridge, the project includes paved shoulders and sodding on roadway approaches to the bridge, new guardrails, new signs and pavement markings.

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