As the "Gateway to Fort Lauderdale", the new 17th Street Causeway provides a signature bridge for this visually stimulating city. The new bridge was constructed on the same alignment as the existing bridge in order to maintain the connecting roadway alignment and reduce right-of-way costs. This was accomplished through staged bridge construction. The bridge features the first ever design of an open bascule pier with unique precast segmental approach spans, making the bridge an exciting and special entrance to Fort Lauderdale. Unique carina piers were the result of the community-chosen "timeless/contemporary" theme.

FIGG led two design charettes with area residents to gain their input on 40 design elements. Consensus voting was used to determine a variety of bridge features including sculpted shapes, modern open railing, colors (soft white to reflect the south Florida sun), lighting and other aesthetic details.

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