Veterans Memorial Bridge opens to traffic and pedestrians starting Saturday, December 21



The Florida Department of Transportation and the Martin County Board of County Commissioners are pleased to announce that on Saturday, December 21 at 7:00 a.m., the new Veterans Memorial Bridge will open to traffic and pedestrians. The new bridge spans the St. Lucie River and Okeechobee Waterway, connecting CR 714 in Palm City with Indian Street in the City of Stuart. SW Martin Highway, St. Lucie Shores Drive, Butler Avenue and Feroe Avenue, near the new bridge, will also be open to traffic.


Motorists are asked to use caution with the roadways and bridge opening to traffic. Starting early Saturday, motorists using Margolo Lane will only be able to make a right turn out of the dead end street. Through traffic on Cornell Avenue should be aware that SW Martin Highway traffic will not be stopping, and the Cornell Avenue users should stop, and subsequently yield to bridge traffic before crossing SW Martin Highway.


Construction began in 2011 and the 3,069-foot long Veterans Memorial Bridge features bike lanes, sidewalks and overlooks. The entire project length spans approximately two miles and includes the widening of intersections at both ends of the bridge.


Dignitaries and elected officials joined the community on November 16 to celebrate the bridge at a public dedication event which included a 5K run and car parade. The new bridge will be maintained and operated by Martin County.




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