Port Canaveral improves roads and wayfinding

A new wayfinding system is among the improvements A new wayfinding system is among the improvements PHOTO: Canaveral Port Authority

Work is under way at Port Canaveral to widen roads, improve traffic signals and install a new wayfinding system. These upgrades are aimed at easing traffic flow and promoting traffic safety around the port’s northside cruise terminals and growing cargo operations.

The project is part of a comprehensive, port-wide intermodal road improvements plan to revamp Canaveral’s roadway infrastructure to support heavy loading equipment and trucks, relieve congestion, improve safety and expand efficiency and capacity.

'Increased cargo volumes, coupled with our growing cruise business and tourism activity here, emphasize the need for our roadways to better handle the growing number of vehicles moving through our port,' port CEO Capt. John Murray said.

$16.3m project

The roadway and wayfinding projects have a combined cost of $16.3m, funded in part by an $8.25m grant from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund.

The Northside Roadway Improvement Project includes an $8.1m investment in northside terminal roadways to add road lanes, new signaling, a new emergency access roadway and improved commercial parking in front of the cruise terminals. Additionally, an $8.2m investment in wayfinding and new directional and electronic signage throughout the port and along state roads 528, 401 and A1A will improve traffic navigation to cruise terminals and cargo piers.

Completion in May and July

Ivey’s Construction, a Merritt Island-based general contractor, was awarded the roadway and wayfinding projects last year. The wayfinding project is scheduled to be finished by late May, followed by the roadway work in July.

Canaveral Port Authority's roadway network connects and intersects with Florida SR-528, the east-west connector from Port Canaveral to interstate highways I-95 and I-4, and SR-401, which borders the port's west and north boundaries and is the only roadway linking the north and southside cruise and cargo operations.

Port operations, cruise passengers and visitors share SR-401 with the Air Force, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Kennedy Space Center, the Navy Ordnance Training Unit, the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and Canaveral Fire Rescue Department.

Posted 15 February 2019

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Anne Kalosh

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