Island News, Factory Bay Bridge /March 14, 2001
With about 40
residents present, the Public Works Departments as well as
Jenkins & Charland Inc/ RWA called a public
workshop. The notice below was the official City of
Marco Notice. From the notice below it would appear that
the public would have input prior to the building of the
bridge. This was not the case...
Bridge on N. Barfield Drive
Bay Bridge #034121 Replacement
of Factory Bay Bridge #34121
The Public Works Department, Jenkins and Charland, Inc.,
and RWA, Inc. as the City's consultants, will conduct a Public
Information Workshop to present the purpose and scope of the
replacement of the Factory Bay Bridge located on North
Barfield Drive. All public members are invited to
attend, and adjacent property and business owners are highly
encouraged to attend and participate. This workshop is
being conducted for the primary purpose of gaining public
input (questions, concerns, suggestions) on this Public Works
Tuesday, March 13, 2001, at 6:00 p.m.
City of Marco Island Mackle Park Facility (Room "A")
Please direct all inquires in this regard to Vladimir A. Ryziw,
P.E., PMP, Public Works Director, 389-5002.
As we walked in there were plans hanging on the easels for
display. Many present were excited about getting to add
their "input" as to what they felt about the new
bridge that is near the Sheriff's Sub-station.
Islander's that were
before the start of the meeting were mostly talking about
adding a greater clearance to the bridge for ease of getting
larger boats under the bridge. All were excited about
the prospect of a newer bigger bridge that would last a stated
50 years or more.
As the presentation
progressed, it was clear that all decisions were made prior to
the "workshop". It was stated that bids have
been accepted prior to the start of the meeting.
Chris Halaschak asked
why have a workshop when everything is decided prior to the
start of the workshop. Halaschak further stated that it
did not make sense to build a bridge that is going to last
over 50 years and not even increase the height of
clearance. (It was mentioned by Paul Carrol, Structural
Engineer for the project that the height would not be
increased.) Many of those present agreed that the bridge
should be at least a foot taller.
Mr. Carrol stated that
with the removal of the water pipe that is under the bridge,
there will be an increase of clearance. Many of the
boaters present stated that the clearance would not change
more that an inch with the removal of the pipes. (left, view
of the underside of the bridge showing the pipe if you look
hard at the top)
The actual construction
of the bridge would start in May and have a estimated
completion date of 7 months later. The pipes (water gas
and such) would be incorporated into the actual bridge via a
raceway in the bridge that would allow access for repairs and
more importantly, be hidden from view increasing the beauty of
Many present questioned
the downtime for boating ingress and egress. It was
stated that there would be times that boaters may not be able
to go in or out, but that it would not be for more than a week
or two. Removal of the old bridge would include making
it into a artificial reef about 9 miles into the Gulf of
City Counsel present
included Heywood Boyce and Kjell Pettersen. Boyce
asked questions pertaining to traffic flow.
The feeling at this
workshop was one of why am I here if this all has been
decided. This was evidenced when Boyce said excitedly,
This is what we can do (rebuilding the bridge) as a City"
apparently anticipating applause to which all present sat