Florida bridge opens after 3 years of construction

Updated Dec 23, 2016

After three years of construction and a weekend of being closed for re-striping, Florida’s new Flagler Memorial Bridge between Palm Beach and West Palm Beach opened one lane in each direction on Monday, CBS12.com reports.

The project cost taxpayers approximately $105 million dollars.

Some businesses were negatively impacted during the years of construction, and some eventually closed, but for others, it was business as usual with only the inconvenience of backed-up traffic.

Now that construction is complete and the bridge is open, officials told the news agency that commuters would be able to move more smoothly from one side to the other.


The old bridge has been known to get backed up during peak hours, and businesses say they found snowbirds avoided Palm Beach because of that.