State Road 732

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Split into two sections, State Road 732 joins the community of Jensen Beach with Hutchinson Island in Martin County. Measuring 2.21 miles, the western segment of SR 732 along Jensen Beach Boulevard joins U.S. 1 with CR 723 (Savannah Road). Jensen Beach Boulevard east 0.73 miles to CR 707 is off the state highway system. The eastern branch of SR 732 spans the Indian River across Jensen Beach Causeway and the Frank A. Wacha Bridge. The 1.95 mile log route connects CR 707 (Indian River Drive) with SR A1A (Ocean Boulevard) at Jensen Beach Park. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) recorded 13,200 vehicles per day (vpd) on Jensen Beach Boulevard and 14,900 vpd across Jensen Beach Causeway in 2018.

The Frank A. Wacha Bridge provides 65 feet of navigational clearance above the Intracoastal Waterway.1 Construction on the high rise bridge began in May 2002.2 It opened to traffic in October 2004 following the closure of the old draw bridge due to Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne.3 A grand opening celebration for the bridge took place following a 5K run, parade and ribbon cutting ceremony on March 5, 2005.1

The span was constructed as part of a $76.6 million project rebuilding Jensen Beach Causeway. Work included building new sea walls, a boat ramp with three docks, a fishing pier under the main span, picnic pavilions, scenic overlooks and the addition of decorative street lights.1 Overall construction along the causeway wrapped up December 2005, with $3 million in repairs due to hurricane damage extending to February 2006.3 Also named the Frank A. Wacha Bridge, the previous crossing along SR 732 was a draw bridge opened at a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 23, 1965.2

Frank Albert Wacha (1923-99) was a Martin County Commissioner who advanced efforts to replace the 1920s wooden bridge along Jensen Causeway, and lift tolls once charged to cross it.1 Dedicated in November 1926,4 the original bridge was the lone crossing between the Martin County mainland and Hutchinson Island. 25 cent tolls were charged to cross the swing bridge.2 Construction on a new draw bridge commenced in the 1950s, starting with dredging operations to create the islands along the causeway system.4 Thanks to the idea to refinance county wide bridge construction by Wacha, the crossing and others were toll tree.2

Florida State Road 732 West
SR 732 (Causeway Boulevard) begins westbound from a roundabout with SR A1A. Photo taken 10/17/14.
The entrance to Jensen Beach Club follows this shield assembly just west of SR A1A. Photo taken 10/17/14.
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The Frank A. Wacha Bridge rises to a height of 65.6 feet across the Intracoastal Waterway on the Indian River. The main span is 2,523 feet long.5 Photos taken 10/17/14.
SR 732 lowers onto an island at Jensen Beach Causeway Park. The west relief bridge for the Indian River follows. Photo taken 10/17/14.
SR 732 (Causeway Boulevard) connects with CR 707 (Indian River Drive) at a roundabout across from NE Pineapple Avenue. Photo taken 10/17/14.
County Road 707 straddles the western side of the Indian River north to Savannas Preserve State Park and Fort Pierce in St. Lucie County. Photo taken 10/17/14.
CR 707 south connects SR 732 with Jensen Beach Boulevard in 0.4 mile. Pineapple Avenue also links with Jensen Beach Boulevard. Photo taken 10/17/14.
Jensen Beach Boulevard - West
CR 707 (Indian River Drive) south at Jensen Beach Boulevard (CR 732) west. Continuing south, CR 707 takes a stair stepped route west from Jensen Beach along the St. Lucie River to Dixie Highway and U.S. 1 Photo taken 10/17/14.
Jensen Beach Boulevard rises from Indian River Drive (CR 707) through the Jensen Beach business district. Photo taken 10/17/14.
Jensen Beach Boulevard intersects Skyline Drive west beyond the roundabout with Pineapple Avenue, West End Boulevard and Candice Avenue. Photo taken 10/17/14.
County Road 732 arcs 2.07 miles southwest along Savannah Road from Jensen Beach Boulevard to CR 707 (Dixie Highway). Photo taken 10/17/14.
Florida State Road 732 West
The western segment of SR 732 commences along Jensen Beach Boulevard beyond CR 723 (Savannah Road). Photo taken 10/17/14.
Pinecrest Lakes Boulevard weaves southward through the Pinecrest Lakes development to CR 723 (Savannah Road). Photo taken 10/17/14.
Green River Parkway stems north from CR 707 (Dixie Highway) to run along side Savannas Preserve State Park from SR 732 into St. Lucie County. Photo taken 10/17/14.
Royal Oak Drive is the main entrance to the Jensen Beach and Eagle Marsh Golf Club communities. The entrance to Pineapple Park ties into SR 732 from the south. Photo taken 10/17/14.
SR 732 west at Goldenrod Road. Goldenrod Road winds along the back side of retail areas along U.S. 1. Photo taken 10/17/14.
State Road 732 concludes at U.S. 1 across from Treasure Coast Square Mall north of Stuart and south of Port St. Lucie. Photo taken 10/17/14.

Sources:
  1. "New bridge spans Indian River." Stuart News, The (FL), March 6, 2005.
  2. "Jensen Beach celebrates new link to Hutchinson Island." Stuart News, The (FL), March 5, 2005.
  3. "Causeway near completion." Stuart News, The (FL), December 31, 2005.
  4. "New Jensen Bridge Upholds Tradition of Wacha Name." Palm Beach Post, The (FL) , March 6, 2005.
  5. Jensen Bch. Cswy. over W. Relief Indian River, Martin County, Florida. BridgeReports.com.


Photo Credits:

10/17/14 by AARoads

Connect with:
U.S. 1
State Road A1A

Page Updated 10-23-2019.