Three bridges most in need of repair and maintenance will see improvements this year.
City leaders approved spending more than $280,000 for repairs to Sand Key Bridge, Overbrook Avenue and Fairwood Avenue bridges at their meeting Thursday night.
The work is expected to start in June and be complete in November.
It will cost $128,616.95 for repairs to the Sand Key Bridge including fixing concrete under the bridge, on pilings, replacing wooden piers surrounding the bridge and replacing 19 light fixtures on it.
Repairs to Overbrook Avenue bridge total $10,942.24 which includes removing and replacing the wood retaining wall at the northwest corner with a vinyl type.
Crews will blast and repaint the underside of Fairwood Avenue bridge including repairing or replacing pieces of steel for $38,564.50. Additional work for erosion control and containment is $4,800.
The bridges were selected because they were most in need of repair, according to officials.
The Florida Department of Transportation periodically inspects and rates bridges through the state using a health and sufficiency formula. The health index is a rating of about 12 bridge factors and a rating below 85 means repairs are needed. It does not mean the bridge is unsafe.
The Sand Key Bridge, officially called Clearwater Pass Bridge, was built in 1995, replacing a toll type and was last inspected Jan. 28, 2011. It handles about 10,000 vehicles daily and has a health index of 99.33, according to state records.
In July, emergency repairs had to be made to the Overbrook Avenue Bridge. State bridge inspectors checked out the bridge and “noticed something unusual” with the ramp. Crews for the city used ground penetrating radar to see what the— a void beneath the ramp leading to the nearly 100-year-old bridge. It was last inspected Jan. 19, 2011 and has a health index of 66.02.
The Fairwood Avenue Bridge, which sees about 4,360 cars on average, was built in 1975, according to state records. It has a health index of 76.91 and was last inspected Jan. 19, 2011.