JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A study by the American Society for Civil Engineers, an independent contract group, gives Florida’s infrastructure an overall grade of C- in its 2021 certificate.
According to the group, six of the worst bridges in the state are right in our back yard, but they’re not what you think might pose a problem. They are much smaller.
One of the bridges near the San Jose boulevards and the university is considered structurally deficient. It doesn’t mean the bridge is falling apart, but the term is a way of saying that the bridge needs work.
The Society for Civil Engineers has classified other problematic bridges in North Florida, such as the one along I-95, which crosses the Nassau River on the north side. Another that the group considered structurally flawed – one on the north side along Lem Turner Road, which crosses the Trout River.
Here are the six Jacksonville area bridges mentioned in the report:
|district||Construction year||Daily users||place|
|Saint John||1958||49,000||US-1 (SR-5) over Oyster Creek|
|Duval||1967||43,000||I-95 NB (SR-9) over the Nassau River|
|Duval||1967||43,000||I-95 SB (SR-9) across the Nassau River|
|Duval||1957||30,500||Lem Turner Road across Trout River on the north side|
|Duval||1960||30,000||San Jose Blvd across New Rose Creek in the Lakewood area|
|Bradford||1948||32,000||US-301 (SR-2) over Alligator Creek|
Other bridges that were on the list were the bridge on US-1 in St. Johns County, which crosses Oyster Creek, and the US-1 bridge in Bradford County, which crosses Alligator Creek.
While the study was conducted by an independent group, the local Department of Transportation does not dispute the results. DOT’s Hampton Ray says the bridges are regularly inspected
“If a bridge is ever found to be unsafe, we will close it immediately,” he said.
A 2019 survey found that 2.9% of the state’s 12,518 bridges were structurally deficient.
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