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Taller, Larger Bridges Coming To NASA Causeway





Melbourne, Fla.—NASA’s aging drawbridge over the Indian River is in critical need of replacement. Built in 1964, the current NASA-owned bridge was designed to connect Titusville to Merritt Island. Over the decades, it's carried countless spacecraft, employees, visitors, tourists, and other hardware like pad infrastructure and building materials.

A 2017 NASA engineering study determined the existing drawbridge was approaching the brink of what could be considered safe for transporting heavy equipment, though passenger vehicles were not an immediate concern.

In recent news, the government announced the final signing of a federal $90 million source of funds, called Rebuilding America Grant.

Some of the most important tasks to cover by this project will be replacing the aging SR 405 causeway over the Indian River Lagoon, and widening 2.7 miles of Space Commerce Way to four lanes. An FDOT spokesperson confirmed the replacement will span 4,025 feet and have a minimum clearance of 65 feet, eliminating the need for a drawbridge that often backs up traffic when tall boats need to pass underneath. The current bridge runs 3,000 feet and only has a 28-foot vertical clearance.

“We are preparing for future growth, facilitating local commerce, and ensuring economic vitality for Florida’s booming Space Coast all while encouraging space freight mobility,” DeSantis said in a press release. The Space Force, which oversees the Eastern Range and other space-related facilities across the country, is exploring the possibility of merging Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and KSC to streamline operations.

The Space Commerce Way widening should begin in late 2022 and wrap up in late 2024. Project cost: $24 million.

These are great news to celebrate by businesses in the area, dedicated to the transportation of cargo, vehicles, materials, consumer goods and passenger transportation as well.

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