Florida State Road 656 provides a second crossing of the Indian River for the city of Vero Beach. The 1.98 mile long arterial links U.S. 1 (8th Avenue) at 17th Street, south of Downtown, with SR A1A at Causeway Boulevard. A 4,731 feet long fixed, high level span takes SR 656 over the Intracoastal Waterway.1
Named the 17th Street Bridge, initial planning for the SR 656 bridge over Indian River commenced in 1971 with support from Alma Lee Loy, an Indian River County Commissioner. $9.4 million in construction for the 63 foot high bridge got underway in 1977, with it completed in 1979. The span was formally renamed the Alma Lee Loy Bridge following passage of a state bill on April 21, 2011.2
- SR-656 (17th St.) over Intracoastal Waterway, Indian River County, Florida. BridgeReports.com.
- "Bridge could be named for Loy." Indian River Press Journal (FL), April 21, 2011.
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