By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- Motorists who use the Melbourne Causeway can expect to see construction for the remainder of the year and into next summer.
Construction to the causeway, which officials said is for bridge repair and rehabilitation, began on Sept. 9 of this year and isn't expected to conclude until July 2014.
"Although there are no full lane closures, the work is being done over the side of the bridge, which means the contractor has its equipment situated in the breakdown lane," said Jessica Keane, public information specialist for the Florida Department of Transportation. "The work-zone has a temporary barrier wall up and moves along, as the contractor finishes portions of the bridge."
Ms. Keane said that the construction for the causeway is to ensure public safety.
"Regular maintenance and repairs are necessary in order to make sure the bridge stays safe for the traveling public," she said.
The project cost $2,343,983, which came from state funding.
The state road will also not be expanded, with painting the steel components of the bridge being the only changes made to the bridge.
"When the bridge was built, it was never painted," Ms. Keane said. "We are doing that now to maintain the integrity of the steel components. Other than that, regular maintenance will occur during this project."
Ms. Keane said that construction for the causeway is not mandatory and the bridge has not been deemed unsafe.
"Safety is our highest priority," she said. "We would not allow anyone to travel on something deemed unsafe."
Ms. Keane said that motorists should proceed with caution when traveling the causeway during construction.