Port St. Lucie - Upcoming Floresta Drive Closure for Bridge Construction Over the Elkcam Waterway
Port St. Lucie - Tuesday January 3, 2022: Floresta Drive will be closed at the Elkcam Waterway starting January 16, 2023 through August 4, 2023 for the construction of a new bridge as part of the Floresta Drive Phase 2 Improvement Project.
The Floresta Drive closure will start at Port St. Lucie Boulevard and continue to Thornhill Drive to allow construction of the new bridge. The Floresta Drive roadway north of Port St. Lucie Boulevard and south of Thornhill Drive will be open to local traffic only. The bridge crossing will not be available at any time during the six-month closure as the bridge will be removed to construct a new bridge to include bicycle lanes and sidewalk. Motorists can use Port St. Lucie Boulevard, Airoso Boulevard and Thornhill Drive to access Floresta Drive to the north and south.
While work is taking place on the bridge, the contractor also will be working to complete necessary roadway and utility activities from the Elkcam Bridge to Thornhill Drive. This construction includes a new roundabout at Polynesian Avenue. Periodic closures at Polynesian Avenue are anticipated. Local traffic can utilize Joy Haven Street, Streamlet Avenue and Starflower Avenue to access residential homes north of the Elkcam Waterway.
Motorists are asked to use appropriate detours. The City urges drivers to be vigilant and patient while using the detours. Look for signs and other indicators of construction, such as cones or barrels, and slow down or come to a complete stop, if required. Before making travel plans, research alternate routes when possible.
Weather and other unforeseen circumstances could impact construction schedules and activities.
About the Floresta Drive Corridor Improvement Project:
The Floresta Drive Corridor Improvement Project provides a two-lane roadway with landscaping, lighting, sidewalks and bicycle lanes. Improvements to the corridor will help with future projected traffic volumes, while helping preserve the local neighborhood. The project will improve safety, enhance pedestrian and bicycle movements, alleviate congestion and provide more efficient traffic flow. This project is possible thanks to the voters of St. Lucie County and the City of Port St. Lucie for approving a Half-Cent Sales Tax referendum in November 2018. For more information, visit: https://www.cityofpsl.com/floresta.