Storm Damaged Sea Ray Drive – Sykes Creek Bridge Closed Until Emergency Measures Can Be Taken
By Space Coast Daily // September 23, 2017
bridge suffered damage as result of Hurricane Irma
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County, state and federal officials are investigating Hurricane Irma-related damages to the Sea Ray Drive–Sykes Creek Bridge, which remains closed until emergency protective measures can be taken to ensure its safety.
The bridge suffered evidence of erosion and scouring on its pilings in the wake of the storm and could be in danger of collapse barring stabilization efforts.
Assistant Brevard County Manager John Denninghoff said Thursday the County is working with state and federal agencies, including Florida Department of Emergency Management, FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to address the repairs “as expeditiously as possible.”
Corps officials have inspected the damages. Options could include short term repair, permanent repair and possible replacement.
Brevard County Commissioner Jim Barfield, whose district includes the bridge, said he is staying on top of actions taken to address concerns on the bridge’s current condition, but added he is pleased with County staff efforts to coordinate a quick response.
In the meantime, City of Cocoa officials are also working to ensure that a water main that supplies service to the barrier islands was not impacted.
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