How Safe Are Our Bridges
Seven are the responsibility of the DOT, the rest are operated by city and county governments. They are in poor condition but are still considered safe.
Now WCJB called to see if any of those bridges were in North Central Florida, but we were told since 9/11 the condition of bridges are no longer public record.
But we were assured that all bridges in North Central Florida were safe for drivers to drive on.
DOT engineers say they do bridge inspections every two years. And that's all parts of the bridge. Keith Campell from The Florida Department of Transportation says, "That includes our deck, riding surface, the beams that are under the deck that support the bridge. As well as the substructure, items those are your piles, columns and foundation."
He says all bridges in Florida are built with the truss and support system above the roadway. The I-35 bridge in Minnesota was built with the truss and support system underneath the roadway.
DOT spends about $200,000 a year keeping bridges maintained.
By Gavin Johnson, WCJB TV20 News
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