Public asked to weigh in on memorial bridge

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Above is a rendering of what the Tom Staed Veterans Memorial Bridge will look like after its construction, which will begin in 2015.

Above is a rendering of what the Tom Staed Veterans Memorial Bridge will look like after its construction, which will begin in 2015.

Public input is being sought by the Volusia County’s Project Advisory Committee on the design aspects for the replacement of the Tom Staed Veterans Memorial Bridge.

The project extends from City Island Parkway east along Orange Avenue/Silver Beach Avenue to South Peninsula Drive connecting the island to the beach side in Daytona Beach. In addition to a high-rise bridge, which will sit twice as high as it does currently, the project includes a bicycle and pedestrian path, fishing piers, veteran memorials, a riverside memorial area, lighting and landscaping.

The new $43 million secured for construction will be completely funded with federal dollars and is expected to begin in early 2015.

Tuesday meeting
According to a release by the county, “The focus of this meeting will be on minor aesthetics.

Public input will be accepted at the end of the meeting. Additional meetings are tentatively scheduled to be held monthly.”

The meeting will be in the boardroom of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, 126 E. Orange Ave., from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 1.

The Tom Staed Veterans Memorial Bridge is slated to be torn down early next year. Its remains may be buried at sea to form an artificial reef. In its place will be a new bridge with graceful arches at its center.

For more information, call Volusia County Engineer Jerry Brinton at 386-736-5967, ext. 12294.

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