Tamiami Trail bridge opens for traffic


A new one-mile bridge across the Everglades officially opened to traffic Tuesday on Tamiami Trail.

The elevated bridge, just a few miles west of Krome Avenue, will for the first time give motorists on the historic road a scenic view of the River of Grass. But more important, the $81 million structure will improve water flows to the most parched section of Everglades National Park.

The bridge, under construction for four years, opened at 10:20 a.m. to the first cars and trucks. Periodic delays and closures will continue, however, for at least several months as crews repave more miles of the old road and remove the old road bed, which will allow higher water levels in the adjacent L-29 canal and more water flow southward to the park. The Obama administration and environmentalists are pushing for an additional 5.5 miles of bridging on the road.

— Curtis Morgan

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