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Veterans Memorial Bridge and Proposed Future Memorial Plaza

Our good friends, Judge David Beck (RIP), JJ Martin (RIP) sitting with the Staed family. 

VVA Members Harold Holloway and Chase Tramont looking on .

The Tom Staed Veterans Memorial Bridge, also commonly known as Orange Avenue/Silver Beach Avenue Bridge, closed June 6, 2016 for a 32-month construction project. 

Volusia County celebrates groundbreaking of new bridge Aug. 15, 2016 (video) above.

Orange Avenue/Silver Beach Avenue in Daytona Beach, including the bridge, will be closed from Peninsula Drive to immediately east of the traffic signal at City Island Parkway.

Motorists headed to and from the beachside should use the International Speedway Boulevard (U.S. 92) Bridge. A well-signed detour will remain in place until the new bridge opens. The Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce/Convention & Visitors Bureau building, Volusia County Courthouse Annex, Jackie Robinson Ballpark and all other facilities on City Island will remain accessible throughout the project. The closure will enable Volusia County to begin construction of the new Tom Staed Veterans Memorial Bridge. The new high-level, multi-arch concrete bridge will replace the existing drawbridge, which is more than 60 years old.

The $38 million construction contract is funded by the federal government and will be completed by Johnson Bros. Corp. Design elements of the new two-lane bridge include handicap accessibility, 8-foot sidewalks, fishing piers on both sides of the Halifax River, and plaques at 28 scenic overlooks commemorating conflicts in America’s military history. The plaques will include descriptions of conflicts and outcomes; the number of killed, wounded and missing in action; a QR code linked to additional data; and a Braille plate with information.

The initial phase of construction, which will take three to four months, includes the demolition of the existing bridge. As early as August the laying of the foundation, which involves the driving of 225 concrete pilings (some measuring 30-inches square and 100-feet long) into the riverbed, is expected to begin and continue for approximately 10 months. Noise and vibration from the pile driving can be expected. Pile driving will occur from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Weekend work may be done upon request and approval by the county.

For more information call Volusia County Engineering and Construction at 386-736-5967. Ask for Gerald Brinton, P.E., Volusia County Engineer.



I have mentioned this project at several meetings, VVA 1048 members Joe Diblasi, Ray Salazar and myself are on the county committee, we are gearing up to have presentations at all of our Veterans Service Organizations in Volusia County and  Flagler County. 

I plan to bring one of these presentations to the eight VSO groups that meet  at our Base Camp, VFW Post 3282 .  Prepare a personal draft now of who you will honoring, as soon as I get the order plan with all the particulars, costs...etc.  you will be ready to go.

Please view the short video below, any questions contact Joe, Ray or myself at the VVA 1048 General Meeting.

Stay tuned for dates and times.

Rod Phillips, President