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FL Bridge Closes for Emergency Repairs

Monday, May 6, 2019

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In Brevard County, Florida, a bridge located on Interstate 95 will be closing for emergency repairs.

The repair work requires a total closure of I-95’s northbound lanes and detours, in addition to various lane restrictions on State Route 528 near I-95 for the safety of maintenance crews and public travelers.

What Happened

On the morning of March 29, a semi-truck hauling construction equipment collided with the bridge’s beams as it tried to pass northbound, under S.R. 528.

Due to the damage, a full closure of the interstate took place until temporary repairs could be completed. According to reports, work crews were able to safely reopen the interstate that night. However, the Florida Department of Transportation issued a notice of closures for the emergency repairs, slated to begin on April 30.

As part of making permanent repairs to the bridge—which Florida DOT estimates to cost more than $750,000—the department also released a daily traffic change schedule.

During the rehabilitation of the bridge, work will include the total replacement of a bridge beam more than 120 feet long.

Running Over Schedule

During the first night of scheduled repairs, work is already running over time estimates. According to WFTV9, work beginning Tuesday night wasn’t complete until around 8 a.m. the following morning, two hours later than planned.

As workers took down sections of the bridge, piece by piece, a spokesperson noted that the procedure took much longer than anticipated. In concerns for safety, the crews continued work into the morning to ensure all the concrete was taken down so that nothing was left hanging over the interstate and the schedule could continue accordingly.

By Thursday (May 2), crews were also able to set the new more than 120-foot-long bridge beam in place and reopened I-95 at 5:00 a.m.

State officials stated that they are still currently looking for the person who damaged the beam.

Additionally, the state noted that since this is an emergency work-related project, the contractor of the bridge will not be fined.


Tagged categories: Accidents; Bridges; Bridges; Concrete repair; Department of Transportation (DOT); NA; North America; Program/Project Management

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