Temporary Repairs Complete on Sykes Creek Bridge In Merritt Island, Barricades Remain
By Space Coast Daily // June 7, 2018
repairs were estimated at $1.1 million
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Barricades will remain in place and Sykes Creek Bridge in Brevard County will remain closed to traffic despite completion of temporary repairs by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to shore up the structure that was heavily damaged by Hurricane Irma.
The bridge at Sea Ray Drive has been closed since September. Brevard County plans to work with a design/build consultant and advertise the remaining repairs out for contract bids. There is no current cost estimate on completion nor timetable on how soon the work will be finalized.
Hurricane Irma caused severe erosion and scouring around the bridge’s pilings, threatening the bridge with potential collapse and raising concerns related to an attached water main that the City of Cocoa uses to provide service to water customers on the barrier island.
Brevard County’s Board of County Commissioners approved an emergency resolution to expedite repairs. The Florida Department of Emergency Management submitted a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began work to stabilize the bridge in January.
The temporary repairs were estimated at $1.1 million.
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