Friday, May 08, 2009

Fort Denaud Bridge Reopens

Delayed But Open For Traffic - But LaBelle Bridge Now Under Night Repairs

LABELLE, FL. -- The Ft. Denaud Bridge is open as of 5:30 pm Friday, May 8, 2009. Repairs, although delayed from original opening date, have been completed.

Photo: Historic Fort Denaud Swing Bridge

Seacoast, Inc., will be doing the following work on the LaBelle Bridge on State Road 29 in Hendry County, which will cause delays to vehicle traffic at night:

The work including shimming the drawbridge locks and live load shoes and will occur on the bridge, at SR29 over the Caloosahatchee River in LaBelle, 0.5 miles north of SR80, at night between 9:00 PM and 6:00 AM on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 and Wednesday, May 13, 2009 and Thursday, May 14, 2009. (Bridge telephone number: 863-674-4663)

The operations on the LaBelle Bridge will work like this: When the first car rolls up to the closing gates, a timer will run for 20 minutes; at that point the operation will stop and traffic will be permitted to pass. All local emergency response teams will be notified.

If emergency vehicles need to pass, they will call the drawbridge and advise bridge tender as soon as possible. The recommended alternate route for vehicles is US27. Variable Message Boards will be in place in advance of work, to advise motorists of the delays.

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