Brightline, the train service company, has announced the closure of two bridge crossings in Martin County, Florida, as part of its preparations to extend its train service to Orlando. The affected crossings are Cross Rip Street in Hobe Sound and Seaward Street in Stuart. These closures will require detours for motorists in the area.
The closure at Cross Rip Street will be in effect from 7 a.m. on Thursday until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30. Meanwhile, at Seward Street, the closures will take place from 7 a.m. on Friday until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 29. Motorists are advised to exercise extra caution while navigating through these work zones and to follow the detour signs, speed limits, and other posted signage. For more detailed information, individuals can visit the official Brightline website.
In an effort to enhance the predictability and reliability of bridge openings for mariners, Brightline, in collaboration with the Florida East Coast Railway, released the St. Lucie Bridge Schedule App and Website. This new tool provides mariners with real-time schedule information, helping them plan their journeys more effectively. To download the app, users can search for “Bridge Schedule” in both the Apple and Android app stores or visit the website, [bridgeschedule.com]. The launch of the app and website coincided with the temporary deviation implemented by the United States Coast Guard.
To further assist motorists and mariners, Brightline has installed variable message signs on each side of the bridge. These signs are synchronized with the railroad signal system and display a countdown to each bridge closure and opening, ensuring that everyone is aware of the timing.
It is worth noting that Brightline initially aimed to commence their train service for the Labor Day weekend. However, the service has been delayed indefinitely. Despite this setback, the company started selling tickets for the Orlando leg back in May, promising passengers 16 daily round trips that take less than three hours.
Overall, Brightline’s efforts to extend their train service to Orlando have necessitated the closure of two bridge crossings in Martin County, causing temporary disruptions for motorists. Although the train service launch has been delayed, the company continues to develop innovative tools, such as the St. Lucie Bridge Schedule App and Website, to enhance the experience for mariners.