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Southern Segment of St. Johns Heritage Parkway Opens To Traffic Nov. 2

Post Date:10/27/2017 3:12 PM
BREVARD COUNTY, FL. – The newest segment of St. Johns Heritage Parkway, a 3.1-mile, 2-lane stretch of new roadway extending from Emerson Boulevard to U.S. 192 in West Melbourne, will officially open to traffic at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2.

A media event, featuring key area officials involved in the St. Johns Heritage Parkway project, will be held at a staging area established on the west side of the parkway’s southbound lane, south of U.S. 192. Directional signage will be in place.

Opening the newest segment of the parkway marks substantial completion of the $12.5 million project, one of two County projects that eventually will include a 1-mile, 4-lane northern segment that will extend the roadway from US-192 north to just west of the proposed Interstate 95/Ellis Road interchange. The northern segment is at the 100 percent design phase, and construction will be coordinated with the Florida Department of Transportation's I-95/Ellis Road interchange.

With the southern segment open to vehicle traffic, motorists in Palm Bay, West Melbourne, Melbourne and unincorporated Brevard will have access to a north-south alternative to the congested Minton Road.

The first segment of the St. Johns Heritage Parkway was a $13.4 million City of Palm Bay project completed in 2015 that included a 2.5-mile link from Malabar Road to Emerson Boulevard. Work on the southern segment began almost immediately after Palm Bay completed its project. Among major work completed by the County’s contractor, Ranger Construction Industries, included clearing and grubbing, excavation and embankment, optional base and asphalt, concrete sidewalks, drainage structures, signalization and pavement markings.

The St. Johns Heritage Parkway will eventually link the northern I-95 interchange at Ellis Road in Melbourne and south at Micco Road interchange near Grant-Valkaria.