The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District One has initiated a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study to correct the deficiencies of the existing US 98/John Singletary Bridge over the Peace River, in Polk County. The project is within the City of Fort Meade.
This bridge was constructed in 1931 and has two 10-foot wide travel lanes and a 5.4-foot wide sidewalk on the north side. These dimensions are functionally obsolete. The need for the project is to provide a bridge built to current standards. The purpose of this project is to study ways to correct these identified deficiencies and maintain the connection between Downtown Fort Meade to the west and the City of Frostproof to the east, as US 98 serves as the main access road between the two cities. This project is also intended to enhance safety conditions as well as movement/access across the Peace River for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
Alternatives for this project include the following:
A No-Build or “No Project” Alternative Replacement of the existing bridge with a new vehicular bridge, including bicycle and pedestrian facilities. A new vehicular bridge, which includes bicycle and pedestrian facilities, will be built adjacent to the existing bridge. The existing bridge will remain in place and be used as a pedestrian facility (provided a local agency commits to maintaining the existing bridge and the proposed trail approaches)