Posted On: February 20, 2018
A year-and-a-half after construction began on the new Tom Staed Veterans Memorial Bridge in Daytona Beach, the pile driving is almost complete and concrete arches are rising.
Approximately 200 of the 250 concrete foundation pilings have been driven. These pilings are 30 inches square and average 100 feet long. According to Volusia County Engineer Jerry Brinton, the bridge will have 14 foundation piers and two abutments within. In addition, approximately 4,000 cubic yards of concrete and 302 tons of reinforcing steel have been placed in the foundation piers (this phase is about 35 percent complete).
The contractor’s construction sequence is to construct the bridge from the west side of the river to the east side. Recently the contractor has begun casting the concrete arches on site. Two of the seven pairs of arches have been erected and can be seen from the International Speedway Boulevard Bridge. Construction of the new seawall bulkhead on the west shoreline has begun also.
This $38 million bridge will be the first of its kind in Florida to feature a concrete archway design. When complete in 2019, it also will be the first of its kind to pay a unique tribute to local veterans with 28 scenic overlooks commemorating conflicts in America’s military history. It also has fishing piers on both sides of the river.
The bridge project began in June 2016 and is expected to be complete in summer of 2019.
As work continues on the new bridge, fundraising for the proposed adjacent Veterans Memorial Plaza continues. Donations to the fund will be used to construct the proposed $1.2 million plaza, which will be built on the northwest side of the bridge.
Donations can be made at different levels and include the purchase of bricks that will be part of the memorial. Donation forms and information are online at veteransmemorialbridge.com.
For more information about the Veterans Memorial Bridge and the proposed Veterans Memorial Plaza, and to view bridge construction photos, visit veteransmemorialbridge.com.