Several bridges in St. Petersburg are now recommended for replacement or are scheduled for replacement this year.
Each of these bridges were built between 1920 and 1960 and are traveled by hundreds of cars every day.
This comes as the 40th Avenue Bridge in St. Petersburg which connects the neighborhoods of Northeast Park and Shore Acres will be closed for approximately 2 weeks to make emergency repairs after an independent inspection of the structural integrity.
Two bridges are already slated for replacement this year, including the one at 10th & 11 Avenues South over Booker Creek, built in 1960, and 9th Street South over Booker Creek, which was built in 1920.
Right now, city officials have not said what the cost will be to replace them.
Another bridge in the City of St. Petersburg is recommended for replacement: Tanglewood Drive over Tanglewood Canal. The estimated cost is $1.16M. Engineers now estimate the bridge has about 10 to 15 years left of service life.
The Venetian Boulevard over Venetian Canal, originally constructed in 1957, is also recommended for replacement. Inspectors reduced the service life of this bridge because of aggressive tidal pool activity wearing on the bridge.
Engineers estimate the bridge at Venetian Boulevard has about 10 to 15 years left of service. The estimated cost of repairs is around $960,000.
Updates on bridge construction timelines
10th & 11th Avenues South over Brooker Creek Bridge is scheduled to be replaced as part of a Joint Project with FDOT
Bidding Phase July 2019
Construction Phase Winter 2019
Dr. MLK (9th Street South) over Brooker Creek
Bridge is scheduled to be replaced as part of a Joint Project with FDOT Bidding Phase Fall 2020
Construction Phase 2021
Tanglewood Drive over the Tanglewood Canal Bridge is scheduled to be replaced as part of the City’s Capital Improvement Program (Penny Funding)
Design Phase Winter 2018
Construction Phase 2019
Venetian Boulevard over the Venetian Canal Bridge is scheduled to be replaced as part of the City’s Capital Improvement Program (Penny Funding)
Design Phase Winter 2019
Construction Phase 2020