The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) studied alternatives to replace the functionally obsolete SR-5/US-1 Federal Highway Bascule Bridge over the Loxahatchee River/Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) within the Town of Jupiter. The bridge’s structural deficiencies combined with existing and planned commercial/retail development in the area indicated the need for a new bridge. The preferred solution was to replace the bridge with a new structure 35 feet high and 125 feet wide. The increase in bridge height and width is predicted to decrease the need for bridge openings by approximately 44 percent. Seven-foot buffered bicycle lanes and eight-foot sidewalks on both sides of the bridge are also proposed.

  • Palm Beach County, Florida
  • FM Number: 428400-2-52-01

Project Purpose

The purpose of this project is to improve the structural and functional deficiencies of the existing movable bascule bridge, improve traffic operations, and improve bicycle and pedestrian safety.

Project Need

The need for the project is based on identified bridge deficiencies, including the deteriorating structural condition of the existing bridge; the substandard clearances at the navigable waterway channel; and the lack of adequate and safe pedestrian and bicycle accommodations. In addition, a replacement bridge will reduce delays to motorists and boaters associated with openings and closures of a low-level bascule bridge. 

Public Involvement

FDOT started a public involvement program in January 2016 as part of the PD&E Study. The program will continue throughout the project. This process is designed to ensure public input by actively encouraging and facilitating the participation of the general public, citizen groups, interest groups, elected and appointed officials, environmental resource agencies, and other stakeholders. Opportunities to comment include communicating with project staff and attending public meetings. FDOT is required to comply with various non-discrimination laws and regulations, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.

Aerial view of Jupiter-Federal Bridge