Volusia County plans to replace the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Daytona Beach on Orange Avenue, but first they plan to spend $3.1 million on design and public outreach. County Engineer Gerry Brinton says the plan is for the new bridge to be special.
"We want this to be a signature bridge. County Council has given us direction to ensure that this will be a memorial to the veterans."
The bridge will change from the current draw bridge to a high spanning bridge similar to the bridge that crosses International Speedway Boulevard. Brinton tells FOX 35 the $3.1 million will include more than just drawings.
"It's not just designing a bridge. It's designing a feature for the community."
A major portion of the design will be public input, much of it required by federal law. For example, there will be an unmanned kiosk near the Courthouse Annex and next to the bridge that would presumably have pamphlets explaining the project, and multiple public meetings will be held. County Chairman Jason Davis says this is how things work when the money comes from the federal government.
"These are federal dollars, and the way the federal government works is 'We give you the federal dollars. You use them, or we'll take them somewhere else'."
Pedestrians, bicyclists, fishermen, and more will all be considered in the new project. The total budget, including the $3.1 million in design will be $48 million dollars. The Veterans Memorial Bridge was originally built in 1954.