[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]POMPANO BEACH EVENTS: After almost a year of construction and the often accompanying traffic delays, the Atlantic Blvd. Bridge in Pompano Beach is just about complete. The Grand Opening event and Christening Ceremony is set for Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 at  7:00 p.m.

According to a press release issued today, the City of Pompano Beach will be  hosting the official Grand Opening and Christening Ceremony of the Atlantic Blvd. Bridge improvement project in two weeks.

Construction of the $5 Million renovation was funded by the City’s Community Redevelopment Agency (Pompano Beach CRA), and began in August of 2018 to provide “much needed enhancements” to the Atlantic Blvd Bridge.

The press release continues, “One of the most interesting features of the improvements are two large … sails at … end of [each side of] the bridge [which are accompanied by a] computer-operated lighting system allowing the sails to change colors for special occasions. For example, [on] the Fourth of July [the sails would] be lit up red, white and blue. The idea behind the nautical sails is to continue the iconic theme of the illuminated sails featured on the City’s Beach Parking Garage.

“[The] artwork underneath the bridge [will greet] boaters and sightseers alike as the new promenade underneath the bridge connects the north and south sides of Atlantic Boulevard leading to a viewing plaza on the Intracoastal Waterway [designed so pedestrians can walk under the bridge from the northwest to the southwest sides]. Design and construction enhancements were also made to the bridge tender house. “

Pompano Beach Mayor Rex Hardin and City Commissioners will be on hand to inaugurate the lighting of the sails along with a celebratory christening that includes a champagne toast. Immediately following the conclusion of the ceremony, guests will be able  to walk along the new bridge promenade to view the new artwork and meet artist Dennis Friel.  Friel will be on hand for signing complimentary art replicas. Live music and refreshments will also be part of the evening’s festivities.

There will be complimentary parking for the event at the Oceanside Parking Lot located at 100 N. Riverside Drive in Pompano Beach.

The newly redesigned bridge is one of many redevelopment projects underway in Pompano Beach.  The goal of this one is to make the bridge more than just a vehicle crossing but also one of the unique, fun things to do in Pompano Beach.

>>>The Pompano! Magazine website has provided extensive coverage of the Atlantic Blvd. Bridge project over the past year, including pictures of the bridge and the artwork.  CLICK HERE and HERE for those stories.  And to see the original plans for the bridge, check this out- HERE....

This story was prepared by our Pompano Beach news desk with additional  event info provided by the city of Pompano Beach and their websites.

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