Press Release: Wakulla County Sheriff's Office
Bridge repair contractors have selected Tuesday, Sept. 3 as the date to mobilize equipment and Wednesday, Sept. 4 to close the Upper Wakulla River Bridge for major repairs. The bridge is expected to be closed for two weeks but the length of time may change depending on weather conditions.
Southern Concrete will replace the pilings and fix the damaged bridge deck and railings of the 40-year-old structure.
The Wakulla County School District will implement changes to bus routes during the bridge project. Six buses will be impacted during the September detour.
Motorists are asked to use Highway 267, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Road and U.S. Highway 98 as alternative routes during the construction. Detour warning signs will be posted throughout the area.
Wakulla County regrets any inconvenience the construction project will cause, but state bridge inspectors would have required the bridge to be closed permanently without the construction project taking place.
By Elizabeth Nickerson
August 23, 2013
Wakulla County, FL - School traffic will be re-routed for two weeks in Wakulla County in September, so The Upper Wakulla River Bridge can be shut down for maintenance.
The project will fix the bridge pilings and deck, which haven't been repaired in 40 years.
Wakulla County school students will receive a letter from the school district detailing temporary busing plans.
"It's not a danger as we speak, but if we don't deal with it the state will force the county to close it. Detour signs will be posted throughout the area," said Keith Blackmar, from the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office.
WCSO advises motorists to use Highway 267, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Road and U.S. Highway 98 as alternative routes during the construction.