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New Bridges for Washington County

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Every two years bridges in the state of Florida undergo a rigorous inspection process. Two structures in Washington County are eligible for federally funded reconstruction. The state of Florida has a bridge replacement program where all bridges are inspected and given a rating based on their status. In Washington County two bridges had low scores and now they are up for replacement. Bridges with a score near fifty are eligible for federal funding. Gainer Road received a score of 64 and Mary Acres Drive, a low score of 40. The low score reflects the bridges deteriorating condition. Both Mary Acres and Gainer Road bridges suffer from weak beams and molding issues. Gainer Bridge is an old timber bridge and has no safety railings making its functionality obsolete.

According to Washington County Director of Transportation Development, Jason Peters, he assures drivers that even though the bridges have low scores, they are safe for travel. Construction on Gainer Road is expected to begin this year and Mary Acres will start the following year. Cost for both new structures are estimated to be over one million three hundred thousand dollars. Florida's Bridge Replacement Program has allocated money for construction costs due to poor safety scores. Both projects are hoping to be completed in the next five years.