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PROPOSING CHANGES to THE LOXAHATCHEE RIVER RAILROAD BRIDGE in JUPITER

Posted by Nicole Richards on Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 at 11:17am.


The immense mainstreams of boaters that navigate under the Loxahatchee River Railroad Bridge in Jupiter on a daily are widespread.

The Loxahatchee River Railroad Bridge is under a proposal, that the Jupiter Inlet District would be determining whether to strive for federal grant money to increase the clearance allowance under the 90 year old bridge, so that more boats can effortlessly pass under it.

Especially now that All Aboard Florida will soon be taking on the railroads and Brightline’s service is expected to add 32 trains per day on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks.

This idea would only improve the boater’s navigation under the bridge, thus reducing the need to lift it.

The Jupiter Inlet District has calculated and the modifications would allow 85% of the boater to use the channel and pass under the fixed portion of the bridge. The beam would be located on the south side of the movable portion of the span and have an increased clearance from 4 feet to 8 feet.

“We would not expend that money unless it is solely for increasing the navigation,” Gentile said. “Our mission is not to do a bridge. Our mission is not to object to or support the trains. Our mission is to ensure that there is navigation.” “We are supporting any improvement that can be made to navigation,” Collins said. “We aren’t endorsing All Aboard Florida.”

While raising the stature clearance for the Loxahatchee River Bridge, this may recover access for north Palm Beach County boaters; it would not lighten other concerns raised by Tequesta officials over traffic and emergency vehicle access.



 



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