Mayor William Capote Receives I-95 Interchange Project Update
Publish Date November 2nd, 2018
Palm Bay, FL- Work continues in the southern portion of the county as the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), in partnership with Brevard County and the City of Palm Bay, moves toward a completed diverging diamond interchange that will improve traffic capacity, operations, and safety in southern Brevard County.
Palm Bay Mayor William Capote visited the work-site late last week to check in on the progress and receive an update from project leaders. City engineers and contractors traveled through the work-site with the Mayor discussing the work taking place, pointing out areas that had been recently cleared, and noting some of the challenges faced by project crews, including the re-homing of several resident gopher tortoises.
“It’s been a long road to get here,” said Capote. “I remember traveling to Washington D.C ten years ago and trying to get funding for this project when I was a council member. It feels good to finally see this project come to realization in Palm Bay.”
As FDOT is reaching the final phases of the interchange portion of the project, City of Palm Bay contractors are working to complete the St. Johns Heritage Parkway SE, that will connect the new interchange to Babcock Street near Davis Lane. The St. Johns Heritage Parkway SE is a 1.67 mile stretch of road that will include 4 vehicle travel lanes, a 7’ buffered bike lane in each direction, a 6’ sidewalk, and a 12’ multi-use path.
Construction for the city’s connector road has begun at Babcock and is moving east toward the interstate. Project crews have started to dig the drainage ponds for the project and fill is being imported, which means motorists will begin to see the road area taking shape over the coming weeks.
The new Palm Bay southern I-95 interchange is located just north of Micco road and breaks up the nearly twenty mile stretch of highway that used to require a 45-minute detour for anyone who missed the mile marker 173 Malabar Road exit.