There’s good news and bad news for drivers who use the Bayway Bridge.
The good news is that new bridge is on the way, but the bad news is that before it's complete, drivers will have to deal with traffic headaches and closures while it’s under construction.
Drivers headed eastbound will have to use the Corey Causeway instead on Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"Our contractor is having concrete trucks come in so we’re closing the eastbound lanes and detouring traffic to the Corey Causeway,” FDOT spokesperson Kris Carson said.
Bay News 9 traffic expert Chuck Henson said if you travel on the Bayway Bridge, you need to make a plan.
“For eastbound traffic, that detour is pretty far out of your way," he said. "You’ve got to go all the way up to Corey Avenue to get around it. If you’re not prepared for that, it’s really going to put a lot of extra time on your commute.”
FDOT will not close any of the westbound lanes until part of the new bridge is open so they can keep that traffic flowing out of the beach.
"We do we have a lot of traffic that heads toward the beaches, and we want to try to keep those lanes open as much as possible," Carson said.
When the project is complete, the delay-causing drawbridge will be gone and replaced by a brand new four-lane elevated bridge that will keep traffic flowing better than ever.
"The fact that it’s going to be 65 feet tall, it’s not going to be a drawbridge anymore, or anybody stopping as they go over to the beach," Henson said. "All those people will be able to fly through that not literally but they’ll be able to get over without any problem."
The work is not expected to affect evacuation routes, should a hurricane or tropical storm hit the area this season.