Holly Hill residents 'getting their way from here to there' with new bridge

FDOT: Ribbon cutting planned for Friday

Holly Hill city emblem / Headline Surfer®HOLLY HILL, Fla. --  Later this week, residents and others will be reminded that they "can get there from here" when the newly-built Daytona Avenue Bridge opens with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

It takes place at the Daytona Avenue Bridge, in the 1000 block of Daytona Avenue, in the City of Holly Hill. The event starts at 5 p.m., Friday,

The Daytona Avenue Bridge serves as an important link near Holly Hill City Hall. It provides direct, north-south access.

But since Feb. 23, 2011, first responders and citizens had to travel a longer, less direct route, after it was discovered the local bridge was unlikely to continue safely handling day-to-day traffic anymore.

Construction was further delayed by legal wrangling over a bid. Commercial Industrial Corp. filed a protest with the Florida Department of Transportation after it was bypassed in favor of Gregori Construction, despite submitting a lowr bid. But the apeal was denied and Gregori Construction's award was approved.

"There were challenges along the way in getting a new bridge built; but a year ago, with the assistance of local and federal leaders, and the Florida Department of Transportation groundbreaking occurred and construction got underway," agency spokesman Steve Homan  told Headline Surfer®. "Now the ribbon cutting is set for this Friday."

The project cost is $818,500, which is being paid for with federal grants.

For more information regarding the ribbon cutting, please call the Holly Hill city manager's office at: 386-248-9425.

FAST FACTS: FDOT major construction projects

FDOT / Headline Surfer®There are quite a few roadway projects going on in District 5 region of the Florida Department of Taransportation with headquarters in DeLand. Among the local counties with number of projects in parentheses:

Brevard County: (3)

I-95 Widening from Indian River County Line to Malabar Road, in Palm Bay I-95
Widening from South of SR 406 to North of SR 44 I-95
Widening from S.R. 528 to south of SR 406
 
Flagler County: (2)
Commerce Parkway Connector
S.R. 100 from East of I-95 to S.R.
 
Lake County: (4)
A1A Lake S.R. 50
Groveland PD&E Study
U.S. 27 at S.R. 50 Interchange Project in Clermont
U.S. 441 PD&E Study from north of S.R. 46 to S.R.
 
Marion County (3)
441 Marion S.R. 40 from C.R. 328 to S.W. 80th, west of Ocala
S.R. 40 from U.S. 41 to C.R. 328, west of Ocala
U.S. 41 from 111 Place Lane to S.W. 61st Street, north of Dunnellon
 
Orange County: (8)
Orange I-4 (S.R. 400) from east of Kennedy Boulevard to Orange/Seminole County Line
I-4 (S.R. 400) from west of Kirkman Road to west of Orange Blossom Trail
I-4 (S.R. 400) from west of Orange Blossom Trail to SR 500 (Ivanhoe Boulevard)
I-4 (S.R. 400) from west of SR 500 (Ivanhoe Boulevard) to east of Kennedy Boulevard
S.R. 50 from Dean Road to East of Old Cheney Highway
S.R. 50 from S.R. 429 (Western Beltway) to east of the West Oaks Mall
S.R. 423/434 John Young Parkway Extension from Shader Rd. to Edgewater Dr.
Wildwood Interchange Improvements at Turnpike & I-75 (Milepost 309)
 
Osceola County: (3)
Osceola I-4 (S.R. 400) Braided Ramp from Eastbound I-4 to West Osceola Parkway
U.S. 192 (S.R. 500) from Eastern Avenue to Nova Road
U.S. 192 (S.R. 500) from Aeronautical Drive to Budinger Ave.
 
Seminole County: (4)
I-4 (S.R. 400) from east of Central Parkway to 1 mile east of S.R. 434
I-4 (S.R. 400) Orange/Seminole County Line to east of Central Parkway
S.R. 417 Widening from Orange/Seminole County Line to SR 434
U.S. 17-92 Interchange at S.R. 436 (Semoran Blvd.)


Sumter County: (2)
I-75 from South of CR 470 to South of the Turnpike
I-75 (S.R. 93) from Hernando Co line to Panasofkee Creek Bridge
 
Volusia County: (2)
I-4 widening from S.R. 44 to East of I-95
I-95 Widening from South of SR 406 to North of SR 44 Ridgewood Avenue from North Falcon Avenue / Riverside to North of Lamont Street in Volusia County.
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