Coast Guard Testing Adjusted Flagler Memorial Bridge Opening Schedule
From August 1, 2023 until January 22, 2024, the United States Coast Guard is testing an adjusted opening schedule of the Flagler Memorial Bridge to study the impacts of bridge openings on peak rush-hour vehicle congestion. During the trial period, the Bridge will only open on the quarter hour, e.g. 8:15 am, between the hours of 7:30-9:00 am and 4:00-6:00 pm, Monday through Friday with the exception of Federal holidays. The Bridge will continue to open on the quarter and three-quarter hour outside of these designated times. Following the conclusion of this test, the Bridge will revert to its twice-an-hour openings during all hours, including rush hour. The Coast Guard will review the results, in addition to the submitted public comment, in order to come to a conclusion.
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The period to submit public comments ended as of September 29, 2023. The Coast Guard will review the comments received and take them into account as they come to their decision sometime after the trial concludes in January 2024.