The Sheridan St. Bridge, crossing the intra-coastal waterway in Hollywood, FL remains closed months after construction began to update and maintain the the mechanics of the draw bridge.
After a long Labor Day Weekend, I was sad to see that construction is still underway and not yet complete. The drawbridge is still not functional and traffic is being detoured to avoid the blockage.
Originally proposed to start in May 2022 and last 90 days, the bridge closure did not happen until June 13, 2022 and is expected to last 90 days. That would bring it to approximately mid Sept. 2022. However as of Labor Day Weekend 2022, the bridge remains closed. The bridge is one of 3 main arteries from the mainland Hollywood, FL to cross over to the Hollywood Beach barrier Island. Other routes remain open. Dania Beach Blvd. to the North and Hollywood Blvd. to the South are the two nearest alternatives.
We have overheard that delays are being caused by “Supply Chain Issues”…. Since it is 2022 and post-covid this is unsurprising. This claim is unconfirmed and we can only hope that whatever supplies are in queue and waiting to arrive will be here soon and things can get back to normal before the busy snowbird season which starts in December.
*** Update from the Florida Department of Transportation ( FDOT) ***
September 9, 2022
Due to ongoing supply chain issues with some of the new electrical and mechanical bridge components, the full bridge closure period will be extended through October 15, 2022, to allow for the completion of the bridge rehabilitation. Additionally, weather has delayed some exterior operations such as painting of the steel as work is shut down during lightning, heavy winds, and rain. The Department is expediting the remaining scope of work and the contractor has committed crews to work around-the-clock to reopen the bridge as soon as possible.
The Department is committed to delivering a safe and successful project to the community as quickly and safely as possible.