Friday, Jan. 20
Mile Marker 103.6, south end of bridge on bay side
KEY LARGO – A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Jan. 20 to celebrate the opening of a new 125-foot-long, 11.5-foot-wide pedestrian bridge over Marvin Adams Waterway. The pedestrian bridge completes the U.S. 1 Bayside Shared Use Path, which stretches from approximately mile marker 100 to 106.
“This is a very special day for those of us who walk, jog, bike or just want to go from our hotel to a restaurant without getting in our car,” said Monroe County Commissioner Sylvia Murphy, who represents the Upper Keys. “This ‘pedestrian shared-use path’ is the last link in a beautiful, winding, scenic path. It makes life better for all of us who live here and for our visitors.”
The pedestrian bridge cost $985,000. A Florida Depart of Transportation (FDOT) Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant funded $475,000 of the project. The remainder was paid for with impact fees and Monroe County’s one-cent infrastructure sales tax revenues.
The trickiest part of the construction was installing two 120-foot concrete I beams by crane over the waterway.
Murphy credited Judith Clarke, Monroe County’s Director of Engineering Services, and Ron Miller, Murphy’s appointment to the Planning Commission, for spearheading the pedestrian bridge project.