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Expansion of Crosstown Parkway opens to the public in Port St. Lucie

Posted at 7:35 PM, Sep 28, 2019

As of Saturday afternoon the Crosstown Bridge in Port St. Lucie is officially open to traffic.

It connects the existing Crosstown Parkway from Manth Lane to U.S. Highway 1 at Village Green Drive.

Construction started in 2017 after decades of planning.

This new bridge that’s over the St. Lucie River is 4,000 feet long.

It’s expected to alleviate traffic congestion but also cut down on emergency response times.

Earlier Saturday a grand opening event was held in Port St. Lucie.

It was a celebration for the entire community — a chance to see up close the hard work that’s been put into making this bridge a reality.

The idea was created back when the area only had 330 residents. Today there are more than 200,000.

Gregory Oravec, Mayor of Port St. Lucie said, “As you notice we’ve made it into a multi-modal trail. It allows people to bike, walk, to be in a bus, mass transit. It’s a linear park where you have exercise facilities and we are actually going to anchor that linear park with a brand new water front park right underneath this bridge.”

Although the bridge is now open to traffic, motorists should take caution as there is still going to be construction in the area until the end of this year.