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.
The City of St. Petersburg had consultants perform a field review on Thursday, August 10 and during that time, inspectors noticed an accelerated deterioration of supporting strands to loose concrete covering them as loose concrete covering them was removed.
"This is something that we felt we needed to do," said Director of Engineering and Capital Improvement Projects Brejesh Prayman. "Right now."
While repairs are being done, traffic will need to use the Snell Isle Blvd. NE Bridge just to the south of the closure onto the island or - from the north -- use the Bayou Grande Boulevard access from 62nd Avenue N.
"We realize that this emergency closure and repair process is an inconvenience," said Prayman. "But the safety of our residents is of the utmost importance."