AN ‘APP’ FOR THAT? The St. Lucie River railroad bridge in Stuart will be getting some much-needed upgrades.
It’s a good thing.
Train traffic across the aging structure, which is owned by Florida East Coast Railway, is expected to increase significantly late next year when All Aboard Florida begins running 32 passenger trains daily between Miami and Orlando.
“Built around 1938, the St. Lucie Bridge is the only movable bridge along the rail route that is to remain a single-tracked structure under the proposed AAF rail project,” according to a Martin County report.
In combination with freight traffic, there might be as many as 50 daily closures at the drawbridge. County officials have raised concerns about the condition of the bridge and lengthy delays for boaters.
Recently, All Aboard Florida announced plans to make “millions of dollars in improvements” to the bridge, “including structural, mechanical and electrical” upgrades.
Company officials also said they might develop a mobile app that would help boaters work around the approximate 20-minute-long closures.