Three bridges in Jacksonville deemed structurally deficient, but safe to travel as of now

Even though assorted as structurally deficient, three bridges at the Duval County bridges are still safe to use, said Florida Department of Transportation. Construction works have already started to replace all these three bridges - Overland bridge on Interstate 95 above Hendricks Avenue, the Sisters Creek bridge on Heckscher Drive and the University Boulevard bridge over the Arlington River.

On Wednesday, department spokesperson Laurie Sanderson told that it sounds scarier than it is. Structurally deficient means that one of the key bridge elements is deteriorating. However, FDOT monitors any deterioration to ensure the safety of the traveling public.

The construction cost of these 3 bridges totals almost US$ 214 million. The department, every year, scrutinizes moveable bridges like the Main Street Bridge. Fixed bridges (those without transportable parts) are scrutinized every 2 years. If there is an issue that is the cause for probable concern, the bridge is scrutinized more frequently, said Sanderson.

At present, there are 259 bridges in Florida classified as structurally substandard, as per National Bridge Inventory 2013 unveiled by Federal Highway Administration back in March. Out of Floridas 12070 bridges across the state, just two percent or 259 are deemed structurally substandard.

Recent data show that Florida is placed at the bottom in United States  forty second among the fifty states as well as District of Columbia  for the number of structurally substandard bridges. Compared to that, Pennsylvania is a great spot. Pennsylvania is placed 1st first in the country with the most structurally deficient bridges at 5218 or twenty three percent, as per the bridge inventory.