CHIPLEY — The Florida Department of Transportation and the City of Vernon marked the official completion of the new Vernon Bridge on State Road 79 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Thursday at the Vernon City Square.
The event celebrated the culmination of more than three years of construction, during which the antiquated two-lane structure was replaced with two two-lane bridges crossing Holmes Creek. The $21.2 million project began July 20, 2009 and was officially opened to traffic in January 2013.
In addition to the new bridge, FDOT realigned S.R. 277 and County Road 279, installed a new traffic signal at the S.R. 277 and S.R. 79 intersection and added various pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements.
The bridge is part of a continuing effort by FDOT to widen S.R. 79 from U.S. 98 in Bay County to I-10 in Holmes County in order to ease corridor congestion, encourage economic development opportunities and improve safety.
See the full story and more photos in the Feb. 20 edition of the Washington County News.