POMPANO BEACH: Atlantic Blvd. Bridge- First Sails are Up, Traffic is Slow.
Two of the Atlantic Blvd. Bridge sails are now up.
The Atlantic Blvd. Bridge in Pompano Beach is nearing completion. This past Thursday the first decorative sails were put up on the east side of the bridge. You can see a picture of the Atlantic Blvd. Bridge Sails below this article.
The Atlantic Blvd. Bridge sails, along with special lighting and murals underneath the bridge are expected to make it a tourist attraction and make a grand entrance-way to the barrier island and beach area as cars and pedestrians use the bridge to pass over the Intracoastal.
The CRA led project is nearing completion and is on target to be finished before the end of the month. In the meantime, traffic will be frequently slowed with one lane in either or both directions frequently closed off due to the construction.
The bridge makeover, which was launched in December 2017, includes improvements to the bridge’s north and south façades and the tender house, new sidewalks, computerized uplighting and land-based lighting, and the most striking features, large decorative sails on the four corners of the bridge and marine-inspired murals by Pompano Beach artist Dennis Friel.
What the Atlantic Blvd. Bridge will look like
Four large sails will be hanging above the bridge as a prominent part of the new design. The two remaining sails on the west side of the bridge are expected to be hung very soon.
A decorative panel shaped like a wave runs along the east side of the promenade underneath the bridge. The wave panel has light strips that will illuminate it at night and can turn multiple colors. The lighting for the sails at the corners of the bridge can also turn different colors. For example, on the Fourth of July, the colors could be red, white and blue, and on St. Patrick’s Day, the color could be green.
The bridge’s concrete side barriers have been replaced with more open metal railings that offer pedestrians and vehicles better views of the Intracoastal, as well as prevent rain buildup along the roadways.
In addition, a pedestrian waterfront promenade has been built under the east side of the bridge to connect new restaurants, shops and other amenities from the south to the north. The murals will be fully visible from the promenade which will allow pedestrians to walk under the bridge.
Construction Projects to the North and South of the Bridge
North of the Bridge is the Sands Harbor Marina and a shopping center featuring the 2nd Street Surf shop. That strip center is expected to undergo a major renovation within the next year or so.
Construction is underway for a new upscale dining and retail complex at the southeast corner of the bridge. That project is back on track after coming to a standstill almost 10 months ago. The working name of the project is Riverside Promenade. It consists of two restaurants and a retail building.
We will have a complete update including construction pictures and artist renderings of the Riverside Promenade project tomorrow morning on this website.
This story was prepared by our Pompano Beach news desk with additional event info provided by the city of Pompano Beach and their websites.