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									FAST FACTS
    Meets all Federal Requirements for Transportation Stimulus Projects
    Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
    Provides Concurrency for Future Development
    Creates 3,586 Jobs Over 3-year Period
    Reduces Emergency Evacuation Times
    Alleviates Air Pollution from Traffic Congestion
    Improves Movement of Freight and Goods
    Improves Regional Connectivity
    Meets all Requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act
    FHWA Granted LDCA on October 19, 2006
    Construction Will Begin in 2010 and be Completed by 2012


The need
A new bridge crossing the South Fork of the St. Lucie River was first identified as needed in 1985. The existing Palm
City Bridge reached an unacceptable Level of Service (LOS) in 1996 and an Interim LOS was adopted in 1998 and
                                                readopted in 2004. The Interim Level of Service on the Palm City
                                                Bridge expires in 2010 and the construction of the Indian Street
                                                Bridge is the only solution that has been identified to meet
                                                concurrency requirements of the Martin County Comprehensive
                                                Plan.
                                                  When completed, the Indian Street Bridge will serve as an alternate
                                                  transportation corridor and evacuation route for the functionally
                                                  obsolete, over-capacity Palm City Bridge. The existing Palm City
                                                  Bridge is the only route for emergency response units to cross the St.
                                                  Lucie River and evacuation for a category 4 or 5 hurricane takes up to
                                                  19 hours. Without the Indian Street Bridge, the road network will
                                                  continue to deteriorate, traffic congestion and air pollution will
                                                  continue to increase, and businesses will continue to suffer from their
                                                  inability to meet concurrency.
The new bridge will improve network connectivity between I-95, Florida’s Turnpike, SR-76 and US 1 (SR-5), as well as
improve the capacity, safety, emergency evacuation times, and operational efficiency of traffic crossing the St. Lucie
River essential to the economic health of the area.

The economic benefit
The Indian Street Bridge Project will create an estimated 3,586 jobs at all levels from manual labor to technical experts
in construction and engineering. The project will provide an immediate and long-term economic benefit to the
Treasure Coast and the State of Florida.

The bottom line
The Indian Street Bridge Project has been the #1 funding priority of the Martin MPO for 16 years and it has been part of
the Martin County Comprehensive Plan for 24 years. It is the 3rd highest ranked need in the 2030 Regional Long Range
Transportation Plan adopted by the Treasure Coast Transportation Council representing Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian
River Counties. The Martin MPO accumulated money for many years while other county and state road projects were
delayed, but cost increases continued to out-pace the available funding. In 2007 Martin County provided FDOT with
$29.7M in funding to proceed with the acquisition of right-of-way. Until additional funding became available under the
ARRA, the project could not move to the construction phase. The bridge is currently undergoing the design-build
process, making it possible for construction to commence while right-of-way acquisition is finalized.

              Martin County Board of County Commissioners • 2401 SE Monterey Road • Stuart • Florida • 34996
                      Terry Rauth, P.E., Deputy County Engineer • (772) 288-5927 • trauth@martin.fl.us
                                       Indian Street Bridge Timeline

1965         Martin County requested Primary Road funds from the State Road Department to con-
             struct a new bridge crossing the South Fork of the St. Lucie River.
1982         Martin County adopted its first Comprehensive Growth Management Plan. The Trans-
             portation Element of the Comprehensive Plan was adopted and it included the con-
             struction of the Indian Street Bridge.
1990         The existing SR 714 Palm City Bridge was expanded from a 2-lane crossing to a 4-
             lane crossing. This was also the 1st year the Indian Street Bridge was included in the
             Martin County Capital Improvement Element.
1990-1996    Martin County acquired right-of-way along the proposed bridge corridor.
1996         Traffic on the existing Palm City Bridge exceeded the adopted Level of Service (LOS)
             D and the Martin MPO recommended adopting an Interim LOS.
1997         An Interim LOS for the existing SR 714 Palm City Bridge was adopted in the Compre-
             hensive Plan.
1998         Feasibility Study Report to widen SR 714 and the Palm City Bridge completed. The
             Feasibility Study determined that it was not feasible to widen the existing SR 714 corri-
             dor and the Palm City Bridge mainly due to potential environmental and air quality im-
             pacts. Report recommended that additional corridors be evaluated.
1998-2001    Evaluation of seven potential corridor alternatives.
2001         New Bridge Crossing Alternative Corridor Alignment Corridor Report completed. Re-
             port included evaluation of the potential engineering and environmental impacts of
             seven corridors. The report indicated that the most favorable alternate would be a cor-
             ridor along CR 714 and SW 36th Street, and cross the South Fork with a new bridge
             that ties into Indian Street.
2001-2006    Indian Street Bridge Project Development & Environmental (PD&E) was conducted.
             September 2002, Public Meeting #1 – 110 people
             November 2002, Public Meeting #2 – 280 people
             May 2003, Public Meeting #3 – 550 people
             November 2003, Public Hearing – 870 people
             Total of 1,500 people submitted 1,600 written comments. Only 5% did not want
             the bridge at all. 75% of the people agreed with the preferred location along CR
             714/36th Street and Indian Street.
2006         FHWA granted Location and Design Concept Acceptance for the selected corridor.
2007         Martin County provided FDOT with $29.7M in Bond Funds for the purpose of acquiring
             right-of-way.
2009         The Indian Street Bridge received $128M in funding from the American Recovery and
             Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
2010         The Interim LOS for the SR 714 Palm City Bridge will expire. Martin County is relying
             on construction of the new Indian Street Bridge to relieve congestion on the existing
             Palm City Bridge and to maintain compliance with the Martin County Comprehensive
             Growth Management Plan.


            Martin County Board of County Commissioners • 2401 SE Monterey Road • Stuart • Florida • 34996
                    Terry Rauth, P.E., Deputy County Engineer • (772) 288-5927 • trauth@martin.fl.us

								
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