The Orange Avenue/Silver Beach Avenue Bridge, a bascule bridge that was over 60 years old, was closed on June 6, 2016, and has been removed to allow for construction of the new Tom Staed Veterans Memorial Bridge. This new, high-level bridge will be Florida’s first concrete arch bridge.
Construction is expected to be completed in early 2020. Johnson Bros. Corp. won the contract to build the bridge. The $38 million construction project is funded by the federal government.
Orange Avenue/Silver Beach Avenue in Daytona Beach, including the bridge, is closed from Peninsula Drive to immediately east of the traffic signal at City Island Parkway. The closure enables Volusia County to begin construction of the new Tom Staed Veterans Memorial Bridge.
Motorists headed to and from the beachside should use the International Speedway Boulevard (U.S. 92) Bridge. A well-signed detour will remain in place until the new bridge opens. The Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce/Convention & Visitors Bureau building, Volusia County Courthouse Annex, Jackie Robinson Ballpark and all other facilities on City Island will remain accessible during the construction of the new bridge.
Design elements of the new two-lane bridge include handicap accessibility, 8-foot sidewalks, fishing piers on both sides of the Halifax River, and plaques at 28 scenic overlooks commemorating conflicts in America’s military history. The plaques will include descriptions of conflicts and outcomes; the number of killed, wounded and missing in action; a QR code linked to additional data; and a Braille plate with information.
For more information, call Volusia County Engineering and Construction at 386-736-5967. Ask for Volusia County Engineer Tadd Kasbeer, P.E.