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State Finds 6 Local Bridges Deficient

Officials with the Florida Department of Transportation said six bridges in Central Florida are considered structurally deficient.

Officials with the Florida Department of Transportation said six bridges in Central Florida are considered structurally deficient.

Bridges are rated on a scale of zero to nine, and bridges scoring a four or lower, whch means they're deficient, WESH 2 News reported.

Two of the bridges are along U.S. Highway 1 over the Sebastian River between Brevard and Indian River counties.

Three more of the bridges are smaller and along U.S. 1 in Indialantic, and another is along state Road 11 at Little Haw Creek in Flagler County.

State officials said they'll pay close attention to the investigation into what went wrong in Minneapolis when an Interstate highway bridge collapsed on Wednesday, killing several people.

"There are probably materials involved, concrete that hadn't cured. I mean there are any number of possibilities and certainly they're going to have to get to the bottom of it," Department of Transportation spokeman Steve Homan said.

"Checking the bolts to make sure everything is bolted down nice and tight," bridge inspector Ron Kneale said.

Homan assured there is nothing to be alarmed about when it comes to Florida bridges.

Officials said each bridge is built to last 50 years and is inspected every two years by law.

State Works To Rebuild Brevard Bridge

The state Road 520 bridge, one of the oldest in Brevard County stretches from the mainland to Cocoa Beach. The state is in the midst of reconstruction and repair work on the causeway.

Another Central Florida bridge, the Mac Brewer Bridge in Titusville, is one of the most heavily traveled.

The Mac Brewer Bridge has undergone a face lift where workers replaced an eastbound section to make the roadway wider and safer for hurricane evacuation.

Brevard County's 150,000 people rely on these bridges to take them to safety in the event of a hurricane. To comment on this story, send an e-mail to Dan Billow.

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