The Roosevelt Bridge of Florida was presumed to be at the risk of “imminent collapse” since last Tuesday, when someone notified the transportation department about the large concrete dropping from the bridge standing over the St. Lucie River— that’s when the crack was discovered.
“Let me be clear—there is no evidence to suggest that the bridge will collapse imminently” Mike Meier, Mayor of Stuart, delivers this clarification statement to the reporters.
The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday morning had tried to send an alert message that the Roosevelt Bridge was at higher risk of collapsing, considering the large crack identified underneath. “All stations, all stations, this is United States Coast Guard Center, Miami, Florida. All the vessels are required to keep clear of the new Roosevelt Bridge until further notice, due to the risk of imminent collapse,” that’s what their message said.
To this the Mayor Meier remarks that “The message delivered by the Coast Guard early this morning is what we believe was a measure to drive the point home that it was not safe to drive under the bridge.” He further reassures that there is no immediate risk of collapse.
However, the Mayor did admit that the officials from the Department of Transportation investigated the northbound and the southbound segments of the bridge where they found some structural issues over the northbound segment. The condition was reported as “rapidly evolving” Meier continued. The engineers have discovered the root of concern over the northbound segment.
Besides, during a routine check on Tuesday, the officials also discovered chunks of concrete dropping from the southbound segment of the bridge, “exposing the rust in the steel cable”— specified by an official from the Transportation Department of Florida.
Therefore, the officials have marked these areas as close to examine and repair the damage. The Old Dixie is also marked as closed to protect the drivers and stroller from encountering any fatal injuries from the falling concrete.
The Southeast U.S. Coast Guard (USGS) thereafter, initially placed a tweet that “the USGS has established a safety zone stopping any commercial maritime traffic from transiting under the Roosevelt Bridge in Stuart, Fla.”
A few hours later they updated their tweet to “the USGS has lifted the safety zone that restricted the vehicle traffic near the Roosevelt Bridge.” “MyFDOT (Florida Department of Transportation) discovered the structural issue only effect vehicle traffic and doesn’t affect maritime traffic,” they added.