Lighthouse move Tuesday

Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 11:37 AM.

Clay Smallwood with Preble Rish Engineers, the project manager for the move, said the structural engineer approved a 7-day cure for the footers and they will be ready for the lighthouse when it arrives.

The lighthouse, all roughly 100 feet and 60 tons of it, will be set on its side Thursday or Friday morning and placed on a flatbed vehicle to be transported as a single unit. There had been talk at one time that a move would require partially dismantling the structure.

One certainty is there will be impacts to traffic to and from St. Joseph Peninsula during much of the day and in the city proper for a time in the evening.

County, city and Florida Department of Transportation staff will post message boards at U.S. 98 and State 30A and along Cape San Blas Road to inform motorists of alternatives and any detours, but during the relocation localized traffic only will be allowed.

Duke Energy has already staged trucks in the area as the company will adjust power lines to accommodate the caravan of buildings as they move toward Port St. Joe.

There will be isolated and rolling power outages as lines are dropped and re-raised. They should last no more than 60-90 minutes, if that, Anderson said.

The move is the final step in a process that has taken nearly two years and at what time involved some debate among city and county officials about the proper site for the lighthouse.

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