Construction on the new South Bridge is expected to begin by July 1 and should be completed before Christmas.
The switchover to the temporary bridge next to the soon-to-be demolished South Bridge effectively began Thursday, June 7. Demolition should be completed by the end of June.
Temporary road access paving has been completed for two-lane traffic and the 15-mph limit should be strictly observed as the detour bridge is only 24 feet wide with no safety shoulders.
There's no holdup in overall progress. On Day 87 of the 630-day bridge project schedule, Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority Director Jim Cooper said work remains on schedule.
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 14 percent compete.
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
The finish date for the new South Bridge remains March 2013 and the completion date for the new Center Bridge remains December 2013.
Center Bridge progress:
Orion crews will continue to install sheet piles on the north end and the east side of the Center Bridge, with some single lane traffic during this period.
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: 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.