Published On: Mon, Jun 10th, 2019

After Over a Year, Restoration of the Historic Camino Real Bridge is Just About Complete

By: Robert S Weinroth

The historic Camino Real bridge, officially the Clarence H. Geist Memorial Bridge, was  one of 14 bridges in South Florida branded “structurally deficient” by the state.

Palm Beach County Engineering and Public Works Division and its contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure South, Co., undertook a $9 million dollar rehabilitation of the bridge on April 12, 2018, Since then, Detour signs have directed drivers to use the Palmetto Park Road bridge.

After the removal of the steel coating system last July, an engineer’s assessment found heavy deterioration and severe section loss of the existing structural steel members that required additional repair procedures. As a result, the project was delayed an additional 3 months.

The newly restored bridge has a similar architectural design to its pre-restored condition (the same clearance height and a similar railing). A noticeable change is the bridge tender’s house has been moved to the north side of the bridge, and the width of the bridge is slightly wider, allowing bicyclists and pedestrians some extra room.

When the construction crews discovered heavy deterioration and severe loss of existing steel sections, additional repairs became necessary. Palm Beach County sought permission from the City of Boca Raton to work nights Mondays through Thursdays starting in November to complete the work by mid April. However, the city opted to deny night construction in favor of extending the bridge closure by 70 days, according the County Engineer David Ricks. The Board of County Commissioners authorized the additional expenditures necessitated by the extra days the construction required. Ultimately, the City approved night work starting in mid May.

Even after the bridge re-opens, to vehicle and pedestrian traffic, the contractor will still be working, according toe project administrator Andres Atehortua.

 

 

 

About the Author

- Robert Weinroth is a 27 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney, businessman, former member of the City Council (where he served for four years) and currently serves as an elected member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Weinroth went to Boston’s Northeastern University where he earned a BSBA in Management. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at New England School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the Supreme Court of the United States. Weinroth served as president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services Inc, an accredited medical supply company in Boca Raton. FREEDOMED® represented the realization of an entrepreneurial dream. Weinroth, and his wife Pamela operated the company for 16 years, eventually selling the business in 2016. Weinroth takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 15th Judicial Circuit, advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the Court. After serving on multiple community boards and committees, Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council in 2014. During his tenure, he served as CRA Vice-chair and Deputy Mayor and was appointed to a number of county boards including the Boca Raton Airport Authority, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Treasure Coast Planning Council and was elected a board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities. As a newly elected County Commissioner, Weinroth has been appointed Vice-Chair of the Solid Waste Authority, a board member of the PBC Transportation Planning Agency, and alternate representative on the Treasure Coast Planning Agency and several other county and regional boards. Robert, Pamela and their two dogs, Sierra and Siggy, are proud to call Boca Raton home.

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  1. jon anthony says:

    when is Boca gonna stop building n over crowding our city? Its changed for the worse. Buildings poping up every where and the infrastructure remains the same. No doupt alot of pockets are getting filled under the table. Crooked leaders that the blind put in charge

  2. Jan says:

    It’s July and the Camino Real bridge is still closed. So when does it open??

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