Florida Bridges Ranked Among Best in Bridge Care
Out of 65,605 structurally deficient bridges in America, fewer than 250 are located somewhere in the sunshine state.
Gina Busscher with Florida Department of Transportation said weather does play a role when maintaining a bridge.
"We are just a good lucky state to have such good weather that we can maintain our bridges all the time. We don't have the problems that the northeast and the Northwest have with the snow that comes down, but like I said their problems also lie in the fact that they use salt to put on their roads and their bridges to keep then safe to drive across," said Busscher.
"If we got a problem say we got a wreck or something on a road or bridge, we put down sand. Sand doesn't have that same chemical in it that would cause the bridge to start rusting and then the extreme cold temperatures can do things to the bridge," said Busscher.
Even though our bridges are among the nations sturdiest, there are dozens of Florida bridges that need to be repaired or replaced.
"Structural deficient means there is something actually wrong with the bridge such as a cracking or spalling which the concrete is falling off of it," said Busscher.
Union, Bradford and Marion have one and Alachua and Gilchrist have none.
Busscher said the state inspects all bridges, but if the county owns the bridge, then the county is responsible to replace it.
"We give them the information and it's up to them to decide what to do with them," said Busscher.
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