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Dangerous Bridges in Jacksonville

According to the national bridge survey Jacksonville has a number of bridges that received a failing grade. You might NOT want to ride along as we take a look at the data.

Published January 24, 2013 in Urban Issues      9 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article


Here's a short list of the "best of our WORST!"

MATTHEWS:


2010 Inspection

Status: Open, no restriction [A]
Average daily traffic: 67,500 [as of 2008]
Truck traffic: 2% of total traffic
Deck condition: Fair [5 out of 9]
Superstructure condition: Fair [5 out of 9]
Substructure condition: Satisfactory [6 out of 9]
Channel protection: Bank is beginning to slump. River control devices and embankment protection have widespread minor damage. There is minor stream bed movement evident. Debris is restricting the channel slightly. [6]
Pier/abutment protection: In place and functioning [2]
Scour condition: Bridge is scour critical; bridge foundations determined to be unstable. [3]
Operating rating: 36.0 tons [32.7 metric tons]
Inventory rating: 27.6 tons [25.1 metric tons]
Evaluation: Functionally obsolete [2]
Sufficiency rating: 43.6
Recommended work: Other structural work, including hydraulic replacements. [38]
Estimated cost of work: $4,093,000

MAIN STREET:


2010 Inspection

Status: Open, no restriction [A]
Average daily traffic: 33,500 [as of 2008]
Truck traffic: 3% of total traffic
Deck condition: Fair [5 out of 9]
Superstructure condition: Fair [5 out of 9]
Substructure condition: Fair [5 out of 9]
Channel protection: Bank protection is in need of minor repairs. River control devices and embankment protection have a little minor damage. Banks and/or channel have minor amounts of drift. [7]
Pier/abutment protection: In place and functioning [2]
Scour condition: Bridge is scour critical; bridge foundations determined to be unstable. [3]
Operating rating: 42.0 tons [38.2 metric tons]
Inventory rating: 25.2 tons [22.9 metric tons]
Evaluation: Functionally obsolete [2]
Sufficiency rating: 42.5
Recommended work: Other structural work, including hydraulic replacements. [38]
Estimated cost of work: $100,000

EDISON @ McCOYS CREEK:

2010 Inspection

Status: Posted for load [P]
Average daily traffic: 5,461 [as of 2009]
Truck traffic: 10% of total traffic
Deck condition: Poor [4 out of 9]
Superstructure condition: Poor [4 out of 9]
Substructure condition: Satisfactory [6 out of 9]
Channel protection: Bank is beginning to slump. River control devices and embankment protection have widespread minor damage. There is minor stream bed movement evident. Debris is restricting the channel slightly. [6]
Scour condition: Bridge with "unknown" foundation that has not been evaluated for scour.
Operating rating: 30.7 tons [27.9 metric tons]
Inventory rating: 18.4 tons [16.7 metric tons]
Evaluation: Structurally deficient [1]
Sufficiency rating: 34.7
Recommended work: Bridge rehabilitation because of general structure deterioration or inadequate strength. [35]
Estimated cost of work: $250,000

NEWNAN ST @ HOGAN'S CREEK

2010 Inspection

Status: Posted for load [P]
Average daily traffic: 2,051 [as of 2008]
Truck traffic: 5% of total traffic
Deck condition: Poor [4 out of 9]
Superstructure condition: Poor [4 out of 9]
Substructure condition: Poor [4 out of 9]
Channel protection: Bank protection is in need of minor repairs. River control devices and embankment protection have a little minor damage. Banks and/or channel have minor amounts of drift. [7]
Scour condition: Bridge foundations determined to be stable for the assessed or calculated scour condition. [8]
Operating rating: 21.0 tons [19.1 metric tons]
Inventory rating: 13.0 tons [11.8 metric tons]
Evaluation: Structurally deficient [1]
Sufficiency rating: 38.0

MARKET ST @ HOGAN'S CREEK

2010 Inspection

Status: Posted for load [P]
Average daily traffic: 1,551 [as of 2008]
Truck traffic: 10% of total traffic
Deck condition: Fair [5 out of 9]
Superstructure condition: Fair [5 out of 9]
Substructure condition: Good [7 out of 9]
Channel protection: Bank protection is in need of minor repairs. River control devices and embankment protection have a little minor damage. Banks and/or channel have minor amounts of drift. [7]
Scour condition: Bridge foundations determined to be stable for the assessed or calculated scour condition. [8]
Operating rating: 21.0 tons [19.1 metric tons]
Inventory rating: 13.0 tons [11.8 metric tons]
Evaluation: Functionally obsolete [2]
Sufficiency rating: 51.6
Recommended work: Bridge rehabilitation because of general structure deterioration or inadequate strength. [35]
Estimated cost of work: $231,000

HECKSHER DRIVE @ SISTERS CREEK


2010 Inspection

Status: Open, no restriction [A]
Average daily traffic: 7,200 [as of 2008]
Truck traffic: 15% of total traffic
Deck condition: Satisfactory [6 out of 9]
Superstructure condition: Fair [5 out of 9]
Substructure condition: Fair [5 out of 9]
Channel protection: Bank is beginning to slump. River control devices and embankment protection have widespread minor damage. There is minor stream bed movement evident. Debris is restricting the channel slightly. [6]
Pier/abutment protection: In place but in a deteriorated condition [3]
Scour condition: Bridge is scour critical; bridge foundations determined to be unstable. [3]
Operating rating: 41.4 tons [37.6 metric tons]
Inventory rating: 25.2 tons [22.9 metric tons]
Sufficiency rating: 56.5
Recommended work: Other structural work, including hydraulic replacements. [38]
Estimated cost of work: $292,000

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The Florida Department of Transportation wants to replace the Sisters Creek Bridge with a new $52.6 million dollar bridge.

The FDOT wants to replace the drawbridge, with a new high-level bridge just north of the existing structure, the Daily Record reports.

“The Sisters Creek Bridge has been classified as structurally deficient, which means the FDOT has to replace or repair it within a reasonable period of time,” said Mike Goldman, FDOT spokesman.

The bridge is on Heckscher Drive and crosses over the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.

Construction is schedule for fiscal 2015-2016, but that could be fast tracked and start in the summer of 2013.

MONCRIEF-DINSMORE @ 9 MILE CREEK

Main spans material: Wood or timber [7]
Main spans design: Stringer/Multi-beam or girder [02]
Deck type: Wood or Timber [8]
2010 Inspection

Status: Posted for load [P]
Average daily traffic: 31 [as of 2008]
Deck condition: Satisfactory [6 out of 9]
Superstructure condition: Satisfactory [6 out of 9]
Substructure condition: Serious [3 out of 9]
Channel protection: Bank protection is in need of minor repairs. River control devices and embankment protection have a little minor damage. Banks and/or channel have minor amounts of drift. [7]
Scour condition: Bridge with "unknown" foundation that has not been evaluated for scour.
Operating rating: 19.9 tons [18.1 metric tons]
Inventory rating: 14.5 tons [13.2 metric tons]
Evaluation: Structurally deficient [1]
Sufficiency rating: 35.9
Recommended work: Bridge rehabilitation because of general structure deterioration or inadequate strength. [35]
Estimated cost of work: $120,000

UNIVERSITY @ ARLINGTON RIVER


2010 Inspection

Status: Posted for load [P]
Average daily traffic: 27,711 [as of 2008]
Truck traffic: 5% of total traffic
Deck condition: Fair [5 out of 9]
Superstructure condition: Poor [4 out of 9]
Substructure condition: Fair [5 out of 9]
Channel protection: Bank protection is in need of minor repairs. River control devices and embankment protection have a little minor damage. Banks and/or channel have minor amounts of drift. [7]
Pier/abutment protection: Navigation protection not required [1]
Scour condition: Bridge with "unknown" foundation that has not been evaluated for scour.
Operating rating: 18.5 tons [16.8 metric tons]
Inventory rating: 11.1 tons [10.1 metric tons]
Evaluation: Structurally deficient [1]
Sufficiency rating: 7.0

DILLON ROAD @ MC GIRTS CREEK

]Main spans material: Wood or timber [7]
Main spans design: Stringer/Multi-beam or girder [02]
Deck type: Wood or Timber [8]
2010 Inspection

Status: Posted for load [P]
Average daily traffic: 51 [as of 2009]
Deck condition: Poor [4 out of 9]
Superstructure condition: Satisfactory [6 out of 9]
Substructure condition: Serious [3 out of 9]
Channel protection: Bank protection is in need of minor repairs. River control devices and embankment protection have a little minor damage. Banks and/or channel have minor amounts of drift. [7]
Scour condition: Bridge with "unknown" foundation that has not been evaluated for scour.
Operating rating: 31.4 tons [28.5 metric tons]
Inventory rating: 23.3 tons [21.2 metric tons]
Evaluation: Structurally deficient [1]
Sufficiency rating: 38.2

HIGHWAY AVE @ TRIBUTARY OF CEDAR RIVER


2010 Inspection

Status: Posted for load [P]
Average daily traffic: 3,001 [as of 2008]
Truck traffic: 10% of total traffic
Deck condition: Satisfactory [6 out of 9]
Superstructure condition: Satisfactory [6 out of 9]
Substructure condition: Serious [3 out of 9]
Channel protection: Bank is beginning to slump. River control devices and embankment protection have widespread minor damage. There is minor stream bed movement evident. Debris is restricting the channel slightly. [6]
Scour condition: Bridge with "unknown" foundation that has not been evaluated for scour.
Operating rating: 27.9 tons [25.4 metric tons]
Inventory rating: 16.9 tons [15.4 metric tons]
Evaluation: Structurally deficient [1]
Sufficiency rating: 20.3
Recommended work: Replacement of bridge or other structure because of substandard load carrying capacity or substantial bridge roadway geometry. [31]
Estimated cost of work: $199,000

KINGS ROAD @ HOPKINS CREEK (BEACHES)

Main spans material: Wood or timber [7]
Main spans design: Stringer/Multi-beam or girder [02]
Deck type: Wood or Timber [8]
2010 Inspection

Status: Posted for load [P]
Average daily traffic: 151 [as of 2008]
Truck traffic: 5% of total traffic
Deck condition: Satisfactory [6 out of 9]
Superstructure condition: Poor [4 out of 9]
Substructure condition: Poor [4 out of 9]
Channel protection: Bank is beginning to slump. River control devices and embankment protection have widespread minor damage. There is minor stream bed movement evident. Debris is restricting the channel slightly. [6]
Scour condition: Bridge with "unknown" foundation that has not been evaluated for scour.
Operating rating: 32.3 tons [29.4 metric tons]
Inventory rating: 23.8 tons [21.6 metric tons]
Evaluation: Structurally deficient [1]
Sufficiency rating: 44.0

LIBERTY STREET @ COAST LINE DRIVE



2010 Inspection

Status: Posted for load [P]
Average daily traffic: 3,101 [as of 2008]
Truck traffic: 5% of total traffic
Deck condition: Poor [4 out of 9]
Superstructure condition: Poor [4 out of 9]
Substructure condition: Serious [3 out of 9]
Channel protection: Bank protection is being eroded. River control devices and/or embankment have major damage. Trees and rush restrict the channel. [5]
Scour condition: Bridge with "unknown" foundation that has not been evaluated for scour.
Operating rating: 17.3 tons [15.7 metric tons]
Inventory rating: 10.3 tons [9.4 metric tons]
Evaluation: Structurally deficient [1]
Sufficiency rating: 36.0
Recommended work: Replacement of bridge or other structure because of substandard load carrying capacity or substantial bridge roadway geometry. [31]
Estimated cost of work: $

HOWELL DRIVE @ RIBAULT RIVER

2010 Inspection

Status: Posted for load [P]
Average daily traffic: 8,641 [as of 2008]
Truck traffic: 2% of total traffic
Deck condition: Fair [5 out of 9]
Superstructure condition: Fair [5 out of 9]
Substructure condition: Poor [4 out of 9]
Channel protection: Bank is beginning to slump. River control devices and embankment protection have widespread minor damage. There is minor stream bed movement evident. Debris is restricting the channel slightly. [6]
Scour condition: Bridge with "unknown" foundation that has not been evaluated for scour.
Operating rating: 36.2 tons [32.9 metric tons]
Inventory rating: 21.8 tons [19.8 metric tons]
Evaluation: Structurally deficient [1]
Sufficiency rating: 36.4

JONES ROAD @ 6 MILE CREEK

2010 Inspection

Status: Posted for load [P]
Average daily traffic: 4,601 [as of 2009]
Truck traffic: 10% of total traffic
Deck condition: Satisfactory [6 out of 9]
Superstructure condition: Satisfactory [6 out of 9]
Substructure condition: Serious [3 out of 9]
Channel protection: Bank protection is in need of minor repairs. River control devices and embankment protection have a little minor damage. Banks and/or channel have minor amounts of drift. [7]
Scour condition: Bridge with "unknown" foundation that has not been evaluated for scour.
Operating rating: 32.1 tons [29.2 metric tons]
Inventory rating: 19.2 tons [17.5 metric tons]
Evaluation: Structurally deficient [1]
Sufficiency rating: 17.9

BESSENT ROAD @ WEST BRANCH CREEK

2010 Inspection

Status: Posted for load [P]
Average daily traffic: 1,051 [as of 2008]
Truck traffic: 5% of total traffic
Deck condition: Satisfactory [6 out of 9]
Superstructure condition: Satisfactory [6 out of 9]
Substructure condition: Poor [4 out of 9]
Channel protection: Bank protection is in need of minor repairs. River control devices and embankment protection have a little minor damage. Banks and/or channel have minor amounts of drift. [7]
Scour condition: Bridge with "unknown" foundation that has not been evaluated for scour.
Operating rating: 35.0 tons [31.8 metric tons]
Inventory rating: 21.0 tons [19.1 metric tons]
Evaluation: Structurally deficient [1]
Sufficiency rating: 48.6

5TH STREET @ SIX MILE CREEK


2010 Inspection

Status: Posted for load [P]
Average daily traffic: 6,701 [as of 2008]
Truck traffic: 25% of total traffic
Deck condition: Good [7 out of 9]
Superstructure condition: Good [7 out of 9]
Substructure condition: Fair [5 out of 9]
Channel protection: Bank protection is in need of minor repairs. River control devices and embankment protection have a little minor damage. Banks and/or channel have minor amounts of drift. [7]
Scour condition: Bridge with "unknown" foundation that has not been evaluated for scour.
Operating rating: 31.9 tons [29.0 metric tons]
Inventory rating: 18.9 tons [17.2 metric tons]
Evaluation: Functionally obsolete [2]
Sufficiency rating: 49.0
Recommended work: Bridge rehabilitation because of general structure deterioration or inadequate strength. [35]
Estimated cost of work: $505,000

BROAD STREET @ HOGAN'S CREEK


2010 Inspection

Status: Posted for load [P]
Average daily traffic: 9,361 [as of 2009]
Truck traffic: 5% of total traffic
Deck condition: Good [7 out of 9]
Superstructure condition: Fair [5 out of 9]
Substructure condition: Good [7 out of 9]
Channel protection: Bank protection is in need of minor repairs. River control devices and embankment protection have a little minor damage. Banks and/or channel have minor amounts of drift. [7]
Scour condition: Bridge foundations determined to be stable for the assessed or calculated scour condition. [8]
Operating rating: 22.2 tons [20.2 metric tons]
Inventory rating: 8.8 tons [8.0 metric tons]
Evaluation: Functionally obsolete [2]
Sufficiency rating: 20.7

TROUT RIVER BLVD @ 9 MILE CREEK

2010 Inspection

Status: Posted for load [P]
Average daily traffic: 2,819 [as of 2009]
Truck traffic: 10% of total traffic
Deck condition: Fair [5 out of 9]
Superstructure condition: Fair [5 out of 9]
Substructure condition: Fair [5 out of 9]
Channel protection: Bank protection is in need of minor repairs. River control devices and embankment protection have a little minor damage. Banks and/or channel have minor amounts of drift. [7]
Scour condition: Bridge with "unknown" foundation that has not been evaluated for scour.
Operating rating: 38.4 tons [34.9 metric tons]
Inventory rating: 23.1 tons [21.0 metric tons]
Sufficiency rating: 54.5
Recommended work: Replacement of bridge or other structure because of substandard load carrying capacity or substantial bridge roadway geometry. [31]
Estimated cost of work: $248,000

MAGNOLIA STREET @ LONGBRANCH CREEK

Main spans material: Wood or timber [7]
Main spans design: Stringer/Multi-beam or girder [02]
Deck type: Wood or Timber [8]
2010 Inspection

Status: Posted for load [P]
Average daily traffic: 261 [as of 2009]
Truck traffic: 5% of total traffic
Deck condition: Good [7 out of 9]
Superstructure condition: Serious [3 out of 9]
Substructure condition: Fair [5 out of 9]
Channel protection: Bank protection is being eroded. River control devices and/or embankment have major damage. Trees and rush restrict the channel. [5]
Scour condition: Bridge with "unknown" foundation that has not been evaluated for scour.
Operating rating: 25.1 tons [22.8 metric tons]
Inventory rating: 15.1 tons [13.7 metric tons]
Evaluation: Structurally deficient [1]
Sufficiency rating: 9.0


Article-Information Compiled by Robert W. Mann







9 Comments

tufsu1

January 24, 2013, 08:40:38 AM
several of these bridges are slated for replacement in the next few years...that includes Newnan/Market @ Hogans Creek, Liberty @ Coast Line, Hecksher @ Sisters Creek (mentioned in article), and University @ Arlington River....and of course the Mathews Bridge is undergoing major rehab currently.

Mathew1056

January 24, 2013, 10:03:28 AM
It's nice to see the raw data on these bridges. We don't need another Minneapolis bridge disaster to bring attention to this important issue. These bridges are old and falling apart. It only takes overlooking one crack.

Charles Hunter

January 24, 2013, 10:06:49 AM
Looking at the DOT's Work Program page for Duval County - http://www.d2wpph.com/PDF/Duval%20Citzen's%20Plan%2011-9-2012.pdf - I see the bridges tufsu1 mentioned, plus some others:

Mathews - current work, Fender Work 2014
Main Street - various work in 2014 and 2015
Edison @ McCoys - replace 2018
Newnan @ Hogan's - replace 2016
Market @ Hogan's
Heckscher @ Sisters - replace 2014
Moncrief-Dinsmore @ 9 Mile
University @ Arlington - either 2013 or 2014
Dillon Rd. @ McGirts - replace 2016
Highway Ave. @ Tributary of Cedar Creek
Kings Rd. @ Hopkins (Beach)
Liberty St. @ Coast Line Dr. - engineering for replacement in 2015, but construction not scheduled.  If this is next to the Berkman garage, I saw on the news the other night that the City is trying to get Berkman or their contractor to pay for when a contractor's crane broke through the pavement
Howell Dr. @ Ribault R. - replace 2018
Jones Rd. @ 6 Mile Creek - replace this year
Bessent Rd. @ West Branch Creek - replace 2016
5th St. @ Six Mile Creek
Broad St. @ Hogan's
Trout River Blvd. @ 9 Mile Creek
Magnolia St. @ Longbranch Creek

gedo3

January 24, 2013, 10:15:21 AM
It'll be interesting to see if they do the University @ Arlington bridge when it's scheduled.  It was supposed to be worked on years ago...but very little happened.
Thanks for the great update!

Overstreet

January 24, 2013, 01:02:10 PM
Some of those remarks are a little stronger than the engineer's cost to repair.  For example, the mainstreet bridge, "Bridge is scour critical; bridge foundations determined to be unstable." sounds a little light at $100k.

Ocklawaha

January 24, 2013, 05:06:45 PM
Just a couple of editorial notes here, the wooden bridges highlighted in red are not structurally deficient due solely on the basis of their wooden construction.  There are in FACT a number of new studies from all around the country suggesting a move back to more wooden bridge construction for short spans and lightly traveled routes. This comes as no surprise to anyone who has ever worked around the railroad.


Also, Yes Charles and TUFSU1 there are actually many more bridges 'on the list' but for the purposes of the article I set a low score threshold and a 'deficiency' rule and counted the spans that fell below this artificial number. Much above this threshold and the number of bridges would make for a week of reading.

spuwho

January 24, 2013, 07:37:28 PM
The fact that bridge scour is critical in the largest spans is more concerning to me than any structural issues.  Nothing was mentioned on tidal scour impacts, or if its just part of the overall critical report.



Typically when scour impacts the foundation of a span, there usually isn't any warning or notification until a load presents itself. The span usually fails instantly.

When the Milwaukee Road Olympian crossed Custer Creek in 1938, the bridge was scour compromised, the span collapsed so quickly the engineer was found days later dead, still holding the throttle of his 4-8-4. He hadn't even had a chance to pull the brake lever.



Ocklawaha

January 24, 2013, 08:17:45 PM
I agree, SCOUR is deadly dangerous and in our black water rivers and the swift currents in town, along with bridges on river bends, we are sitting ducks for this type of collapse. It would read a lot better if we were seeing the pier/bent condition where it meets the river bottom.

...PS, I just glad the HI didn't take that dive when I was on it!  ;)

BackinJax05

January 24, 2013, 09:48:34 PM
Hope the Mathews holds up for a little while longer. I drive that one every day. University Blvd doesnt look good either. Hope that one survives until its replaced. Drive that one every weekend.
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