GOLDEN GATE, Fla.- Construction crews in Golden Gate are preparing to demolish a temporary bridge over the main canal. The bridge at 23rd Street SW was part of a $4 million project to replace the White Boulevard bridge.
Residents say they want it to be a safe dead end, closed off to thru traffic. That's the way it was before October, when the temporary bridge was installed to serve as a detour to the old White Boulevard bridge.
Construction began in January on the White Boulevard bridge, just four miles west of 23rd Street SW. That bridge was about 50 years old and needed to be replaced for structural deficiencies. Today's construction turns 23rd Street back into a dead end on either side of the temporary bridge.
Collier County Growth Management officials said the White Boulevard bridge it's nearing completion and should be finalized within the next three to four weeks. The renovated bridge is open to thru traffic, but they ask drivers to take it slow on the bridge until construction is complete.