Financial Project ID: 242702-1
This was really two projects grouped as one. The bridge replacement and Interstate 4 widening added new capacity and installed a bridge that accommodates I-4's Ultimate Plan in the future. I-4 was widened from west of US 17/92 to west of Saxon Boulevard.
At the request of U.S. Representative John L. Mica (R-Volusia), the Florida State Legislature designated the new I-4 bridge over the St. Johns River as "The St. Johns River Veterans Memorial Bridge" (the old bridge was the "St. Johns River Bridge"). Federal and State laws require that designation of Florida's interstate roadways, tunnels and bridges be passed by the State Legislature.
The St. Johns River Veterans Memorial Bridge provides a crucial link to commuters and travelers from Volusia County to the metro Orlando area as it provides service to approximately 118,500 cars per day. To accommodate the projected number of travelers through 2020, the new bridge needed to be two bridges and offer six lanes and wider shoulders to help ease Central Florida congestion.
A new westbound on-ramp from US 17/92 to I-4 was part of the project and allows commuters traveling from Volusia County to avoid two traffic lights, a railroad crossing and a bottleneck that occurred as travelers maneuvered to the old westbound on-ramp at Orange Boulevard.
The ramp extends approximately 2,761 feet in length which includes a 331-foot bridge span over Orange Boulevard and the CSX Railroad. By the year 2020, the new ramp is expected to carry up to three times as many cars as the daily 4,300 vehicles that used the old Orange Boulevard ramp in 2003.
Pedestrians in the Deltona and DeBary areas are no longer separated by the interstate. A pedestrian walkway was added to the new Enterprise Road Bridge which will allow people to run, walk or bike from one community to the next.
Work began on the project in 2001. In April 2003, drivers were able to travel the two new westbound lanes of the St. Johns River Veterans Memorial Bridge for the first time. The eastbound side opened to travelers in June 2003. The project was completed in May 2004.
The third lane opened on the westbound side of the bridge starting in March 2004 and the eastbound side opened in May 2004. This is the first time three lanes have gone over the St. Johns River in either direction. Every time an additional lane is added to an interstate, it provides enough room for an additional 1,500 to 1,800 cars per hour during free flow traffic.
In all, 202 million pounds (about 100,000 tons) of concrete was recycled from the old bridge. Machines grinded and sorted the concrete which will be stored and eventually used in septic tanks, road beds (not interstate) and a variety of other projects.
Project At A Glance
- Total cost $111.2 million
- Contractor: Granite Construction Company
- Contractor: Granite/PCL, a voint venture
- Design Consultant: URS Corporation
- Construction Engineering and Inspection Consultant: Metric Engineering
- Completed: May 2004