A project to strengthen and protect the Kings Highway Bridge over the Partin Canal was approved Monday by county commissioners.

Once it begins, the project will take approximately 60 days to complete, and including contingencies has a budget of $292,000. The steel stringer bridge over the canal has a span of approximately 25 feet and was built in 1973. Thousands travel it daily.

“We are taking a proactive approach by doing this work to prevent any issues for those who are so thoroughly dependent on Kings Highway for their livelihoods,” said Commissioner Cheryl Grieb, the commissioner for district 4 where the bridge is located. “The bridge is a key link for so many residents, who probably never think twice about how closely tied their daily routines are to the connections it provides. By strengthening the bridge, they won’t have to worry about the security of this lifeline.”

The work will take place off of the roadways and should not present any significant impacts to traffic. The county urges motorists to pay attention to workers in the area and to obey any temporary signage or instructions that may be in effect during the project.

The purpose of the project is to reinforce the bridge and preclude further “scour” from undermining the structure. Scour is a term for the erosion of soil surrounding a bridge foundation (piers and abutments). Bridge scour occurs when fast-moving water under a bridge removes sediment from around the bridge foundation, leaving behind scour holes. These holes, in turn, could compromise the bridge’s integrity.

The project will use rip rap, a rocky material used to prevent erosion and scour along shorelines and bridge foundations.

Pebble Point roads scheduled for resurfacing

Through Friday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, the roads within the Pebble Pointe subdivision are tentatively scheduled for resurfacing.

• Electronic message boards are in place to advise the citizens of the upcoming project.

• There will be temporary lane closures but no road closures.

• Traffic delays may be expected.

Schedules could vary according to weather and equipment-related issues.

Poinciana Parkway minor repair work, minimal lane closure

The Osceola County Expressway authority (OCX) has announced minimal lane closures on the northbound lane, just north of the Marigold Bridge on today , and Monday for pavement repair.

Travelers may experience some delays throughout the day due to minor repair work and a single lane closure throughout the day.  

On Monday, a single-lane closure is expected to slow traffic once flagging operations start at 9 a.m. and are scheduled to continue for five hours.  

OCX has designed and built the Poinciana Parkway as part of their mission to provide a safe, cost-effective transportation system serving the public in a manner that protects the natural environment and quality of life of Osceola County.  

For more information about the Poinciana Parkway project, visit www.osceola xway.com and click on expressway projects.