The switchover to the temporary bridge next to the soon-to-be demolished South Bridge has been pushed back one week to June 8.
There's no holdup in overall progress. On Day 80 of the 630-day bridge project schedule, Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority Director Jim Cooper said work remains on schedule.
Paving the temporary road access on both sides is planned next week. The switchover date the detour steel deck South Bridge will open for two-lane traffic is now Friday, June 8.
The speed limit will remain 15 mph and speed bumps will remain as long as the detour bridge is in place. No pedestrian traffic will be allowed on the detour South Bridge.
The Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority reports work on the new Center and South bridges is 13 percent compete and remains on schedule.
The finish date for the new South Bridge remains March 2013 and the completion date for the new Center Bridge remains December 2013.
Bridge construction keys
Prime contractor: Orion Marine Construction of Tampa
Start: Construction began March 12 on Center and South fixer bridges
South Bridge completion: March 2013
Center Bridge completion: December 2013
GIBA ad valorem milestones
April 25: Decided specific terms of property tax to be placed on ballot
July 9: File ballot language with county
Oct. 1: Toll increases to $6 per vehicle
Oct. 19: Official public notice of referendum
Nov. 6: Election Day
Center Bridge progress:
All in-water test piles have been driven nearly 130 feet.
Twelve new Orion Concrete Production Center Bridge concrete pilings arrive today, May 24. Twelve pilings will be driven 100-feet deep and set for each pier.
Several Australian exotic pine trees at the north end of Cole Island, which conflict with Gasparilla Island Water Association utilities, have been. Work is completed.
Pier No. 2: Eight production concrete pilings have been driven and the last four will go in today. All 12 finished pilings are driven to 100 feet.
Pier No. 3: All 12 production pilings will be driven June 4-8.
Pier No. 4: All 12 production pilings will be driven June 11-15.