“We’ve been here before” as bridge construction ramps up
As the construction of a new bridge over the Florida Everglades ramps up, a local developer is warning residents about the risks.
Bob McPherson, president and CEO of the Florida Department of Transportation, told ABC News that he’s concerned about a number of things related to the construction process, but he wants residents to know that there’s still hope.
“We are committed to making the bridge safe and efficient,” McPherson said.
“The bridge is going to be a lot easier to build than a lot of people are letting on.”
The bridge will be constructed by Florida’s largest bridge builder, Florida Power & Light, and is scheduled to open in 2020.
McPhereson said that if he were to be in charge of the bridge construction he would not rush it.
“If you’re planning to take over the construction and you’re going to go through a few more delays, that’s not something I want to do,” he said.
The bridge has been in the works for years, but the last two years have been very difficult.
Construction began in the fall of 2018 and McPheson said it took two years for the bridge to be ready.
The new bridge will have the capacity to carry an estimated 12 million vehicles a day.
McPsorley said that the bridge’s completion would bring jobs to Florida, as well as millions of dollars in additional income.