SR 710/BIG JOHN MONAHAN BRIDGE
Martin County, FL
This Design-Build project increased capacity and improved safety by upgrading a two-mile section of State Road 710, including replacement of the Big John Monahan Bridge over the St. Lucie Canal. Responsibilities included managing, designing, and delivering the landscape, irrigation, and architectural gateway construction drawings. Because the road served as the gateway to the Indiantown community, the design incorporated a monument sign welcoming travelers to the historic town. The design was a collaborative effort between the design team, representatives from Indiantown and Martin County, and FDOT. Bold landscape offers a distinctive approach to the bridge from both directions. Placing large, native live oaks in a formal row created a welcoming boulevard effect. To complement the majestic oaks, crepe myrtles were used to provide color transitions, and groves of slash pines were planted to blend with the surrounding natural vegetation. Sylvester date palms and specialty paving were used within the median to bring casual formality to the approach to the crest of the bridge and at the entrance to Indiantown.