Veterans Memorial Bridge closed due to malfunction

Veterans Memorial Bridge closed due to malfunction

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The Tom Staed Veterans Memorial Bridge in Daytona Beach has been closed due to a mechanical malfunction.  It will remain closed until further notice, officials say.

The drawbridge will remain in the open position to permit boat traffic until repairs are complete. In the meantime, motorists are encouraged to use the U.S. 92 bridge as an alternate route.

The bridge, built in 1954, crosses the Halifax River, connecting Orange Avenue on the mainland with Silver Beach Avenue on the beachside.

In January 2011, the Volusia County Council voted to replace the bridge with a high-rise fixed bridge that will include fishing piers, accommodations for bicyclists and pedestrians, and a tribute to veterans.

The Florida Department of Transportation, which is funding the project with federal funds, has approved up to $48 million for the demolition of the existing bridge and the construction of the new high-rise bridge. Construction is expected to begin in late 2014 and will last about two years.

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