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Multiple Agencies Consider Options to Shore Up Damaged Sea Ray Drive/Sykes Creek Bridge

County, state and federal officials are investigating Hurricane Irma-related damages to Sea Ray Drive/Sykes Creek Bridge, which remains closed until emergency protective measures can be taken to ensure its safety.

The bridge suffered evidence of erosion and scouring on its pilings in the wake of the storm and could be in danger of collapse barring stabilization efforts. Assistant County Manager John Denninghoff said Thursday the County is working with state and federal agencies, including Florida Department of Emergency Management, FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to address the repairs “as expeditiously as possible.” Corps officials have inspected the damages. Options could include short term repair, permanent repair and possible replacement.

Brevard County Commissioner Jim Barfield, whose district includes Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Port Canaveral, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach and Patrick Air Force Base, said he is staying on top of actions taken to address concerns on the bridge’s current condition, but added he is pleased with County staff efforts to coordinate a quick response.

In the meantime, City of Cocoa officials are also working to ensure that a water main that supplies service to the barrier islands was not impacted.

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