FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
IS CONDUCTING A
FEASIBILITY STUDY TO REPLACE THE EXISTING SNAKE CREEK BRIDGE
View the design alternatives on the FDOT Snake Creek Future Projects webpage.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is conducting a feasibility study to replace the existing Snake Creek Bascule (drawspan) Bridge with a fixed-span bridge on SR 5/US 1 /Overseas Highway between MM 84 and MM 87. An evaluation of the congestion at the bridge is underway and will provide recommendations for future project development studies.
The study objectives include evaluating existing bridge conditions, evaluating future transportation conditions, and developing conceptual design plans for replacing the current bridge with a fixed span bridge.
A public meeting was held from on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the Founders Park Community Center.Graphic displays of the four design options were on display and FDOT representatives discussed the study and answered questions during the meeting. The public comment period remains open.
BACKGROUND PROVIDED BY FDOT
The existing Snake Creek Bridge was originally constructed in 1981. The bridge has been the subject of local concern as traffic congestion occurs on US 1 when the bridge opens for boat traffic. During peak season and special events, the opening of the drawbridge at regular intervals creates traffic congestion for both the north and southbound approaches. Islamorada, U.S. Coast Guard, and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) officials have collaborated in recent years to develop and implement a bridge opening plan to minimize impact to both land and sea vessels.
Based on the current schedule, the Snake Creek Drawbridge opens once per hour at the top of the hour, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, to allow large vessels to pass. The bridge ultimately affects the flow of traffic in and out of the Florida Keys because US 1 gets congested when it opens.
In 2017, the Islamorada Village Council passed a resolution during its regular meeting requesting FDOT, along with the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), to “...consider replacing the Snake Creek Bridge with a fixed bridge or tunnel to allow an unrestricted flow of vehicle and vessel traffic.”
FDOT STUDY OBJECTIVES
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the feasibility of a fixed span bridge replacement at the existing Snake Creek Bridge. An evaluation of the congestion that occurs at Snake Creek Bridge on SR 5/US 1/Overseas Highway between MM 84 and MM 87 is needed and this study will provide recommendations for future detailed studies.
The study objectives include:
- Evaluating existing bridge conditions
- Evaluating future transportation conditions
- Developing conceptual design plans for replacing the current bridge with a fixed span bridge
VIEW THE DESIGN ALTERNATIVES
The FDOT posts updated documents on its project webpage - including the project design options. The four design options displayed at the public meeting are posted on the Documents and Publications tab at the top of the Project Resources list on the left side of the project webpage. Public comment can be submitted on the Feedback tab, also found in the Project Resources list.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
If you have any questions or comments, please contact FDOT Community Outreach Specialist Richard Denis at (305) 573-0089 or by email at Richard@iscprgroup.com. Please let us know how you prefer to receive information about future projects. Your comments are important to us. Thank you for your participation.