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Flagler Bridge project delayed again

Posted at 5:10 AM, Sep 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-14 12:34:55-04

There is another delay to the Flagler Bridge renovation project, which is already two years behind schedule.

The bridge was supposed to be fully operational by November but crews say plans have changed.

Two lanes of traffic will be flowing on it by November, but the original plan called for all lanes of traffic to be moving by then.

The problem is that construction crews still need to smooth out a side of the bridge so traffic will flow efficiently.

This won't be a drastic change from what's going on right now since two lanes of traffic are currently flowing on the old bridge.

But business owners are hoping for the bridge to be fully functional by late fall so tourists have an easy time getting to Palm Beach.

One shop owner says she's not too worried since a few years ago engineers shut down the bridge all together.

“At one time it was shut down all together, and it was chaos. Getting off the island took me like an hour and 20 minutes just to get from my store over to the bridge. It was terrible," said Palm Beach business owner Arlene Bonner.

Crews say all lanes should be moving by February.

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