DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - The City of Daytona Beach plans to spend $95,000 to clean and repaint the pedestrian portion of the bridge over the Halifax River on U.S. Highway 92, sometimes known as the "Broadway Bridge."
City Spokeswoman Susan Cerbone says the bridge is the gateway to the beaches, and the most traveled bridge in the city. "This was an opportunity that we saw to improve the aesthetics of our bridge."
Cerbone confirmed what we saw on a visit to that bridge that was built in 2001. It's dirty from things like tire marks and wear and tear. "It is dirty. It hasn't been cleaned or repainted since it has been reconstructed."
What do taxpayers get for $95,000? Susan Cerbone says the entire area between the road and the pedestrian walkway will be cleaned and repainted. "They'll be repainting it, and one of the features is they'll be adding an anti-graffiti coating to the surface. So what that will mean is it will save time and money for our crews in the future to remove graffiti."
International Speedway Boulevard is also a federal highway (US 92) and it is maintained by the state of Florida and the FDOT. Cerbone says they asked the state to clean it, and the answer was no. "Maintenance is the responsibility the Florida Department of Transportation but the city wanted to be proactive in this. We have a lot of visitors coming into to town, and we wanted to show a nice clean, beautiful bridge."
Crews hope to have that work done before the busy tourism season.