Everglades Bridge Extension Proposed by Department of Interior
In my Tamiami Trail Bridge: Our First Plan To Restore The Everglades post, I mentioned that the 1-mile bridge project is now under construction, and scheduled to conclude in 2013.
Great news: the Department of the Interior has proposed adding an additional 5.5 miles of bridging.
This will result in 6.5 miles of bridging, along a 10.7-mile stretch of Tamiami Trail. The additional bridging will provide conditions for unconstrained water flow to Shark River Slough. The increased flow will reestablish seasonal water depths that are critical to the survival of many fish and wildlife species.
If authorized by Congress, construction could begin in 2013 and would take 3.7 years.
A final Environmental Impact Statement will be completed December 17.
Is the Everglades Skyway Bridge a Reality?
In 2005, a 10.7-mile skyway bridge was proposed as one alternative to restore the ecosystem. Due to cost, this was reduced to the 1-mile bridge that is now underway.
An extra 5.5.miles of bridge, floating above the Everglades would sure be nice!
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The Everglades Eco Adventure was written with respect for the Everglades at the forefront, and provides a tremendous amount of information about the wildlife, weather, the National Park, and what our government is doing to restore the ecosystem.
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