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Communications Office / Roosevelt Bridge Updates and FAQ
Roosevelt Regional Detour Map
Crews Testing NB Interior
Towers for shoring
Careful Drilling around Tendons
Q. Where can I find definitions of common bridge-related terminology?
A. You can find information and definitions of common bridge-related terms at: bit.ly/30Zh2oY
Q. What does it mean if a bridge receives a "sufficiency rating”?
A. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has information posted here: www.fhwa.dot.gov/bridge/0650dsup.cfm
Q. When was the Roosevelt Bridge last Inspected?
A. It was last inspected in June 2018.
Q. How did FDOT discover the cracks in the Roosevelt Bridge?
A. During a routine biennial inspection period, and based upon feedback from local partners, FDOT inspectors found cracks on the southernmost span of the southbound Roosevelt Bridge. The Roosevelt Bridge is two separated bridges (three lanes each) over
the St. Lucie River. In an abundance of caution, the Department closed the southbound and northbound bridge until a thorough safety inspection could be completed.
Q. Once FDOT discovered the crack in the Roosevelt Bridge, what immediate action was taken?
A. In an abundance of caution, both the southbound and northbound bridges were closed. FDOT immediately assembled a statewide team of bridge experts who began assessing the situation and performing a full structural review. The waterway and FEC railroad
corridor remain unaffected.
Q. Has FDOT set up alternate routes for commuters to avoid the bridge?
A. Yes, please refer to the detour maps below. (Click on an image below - images open in a new tab)
US1 to Downtown Detour
Downtown to US1 Detour
North Roosevelt Traffic
South Roosevelt Traffic
Truck Detour PIO Map North
Truck Detour PIO Map South
Ped-Bike Detour - Ocean
Q. Do I still have to pay Turnpike tolls?
A. FDOT has suspended tolls for traffic entering and exiting Florida’s Turnpike between milepost 133 (Monterey Rd) and milepost 142 (Port St. Lucie Blvd) to facilitate the detour of traffic in and around the City of Stuart.
Q: Is Florida’s Turnpike part of the detour route for Roosevelt Bridge? Am I going to be tolled for using Florida’s Turnpike as a detour?
Q. Who is working on inspecting, evaluating, and repairing the bridge?
A. Experts from around the state include structures materials engineers from the FDOT Gainesville Materials Office, bridge engineering experts from the FDOT Central Office in Tallahassee, and consultant partners and contractors with expertise in bridge
inspection, bridge analysis, materials testing, structures repair, bridge shoring and construction.
Q. What has FDOT discovered during their inspection so far?
A. The inspections revealed the first span of the southbound bridge had severe corrosion causing the steel tendons that support the bridge to be severely deteriorated.
Q. How are weight restrictions on bridges determined?
A. A team of professional structural engineers evaluates the results of an official bridge inspection and establish a load rating, the maximum amount of “live load” carrying capacity. Once the load rating of a structure is established, the weight restriction is determined based on national and state requirements.
Q. Does the 5-ton weight restriction apply to all vehicles?
A. Yes, this applies to any vehicles with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 5 tons, or 10,000 pounds. If the gross weight of your vehicle is over 5 tons, it is not allowed on the Roosevelt Bridge. Commercial trucks and buses are not allowed to cross Roosevelt Bridge.
Q. Will emergency vehicles be permitted on the Roosevelt Bridge?
A. Emergency vehicles, including ambulances and fire trucks, are permitted to use the bridge.
Q. What if my vehicle and load exceed posted capacities?
Q. My vehicle is greater than 5 tons and I can’t use the Roosevelt Bridge. What other routes should I use?
A. Alternative routes include I-95, Florida Turnpike, or SR A1A. To accommodate truck detours around the Roosevelt Bridge, tolls on Florida Turnpike for 3 axle or greater vehicles entering at Stuart and exiting at Port St. Lucie or entering at Port St. Lucie and exiting at Stuart are suspended. The traffic movement must be between those two points only at this time. Where it is not possible to use one of the alternate regional routes, the Dixie Highway Detour is available for all legal loads greater than 5 tons. For images of current detour routes, see images posted above.
Q. How can I find up-to-date information on developments regarding Roosevelt Bridge?
A. You can find up-to-date information on FDOT District 4’s social media accounts or subscribe by providing your email address below. On social media, follow on Twitter: @MyFDOT_SEFL Facebook: @MyFDOTSEFL or Instagram: @myfdot_sefl.
Q. What Can Cross the Roosevelt Bridge
A. Vehicles greater than 5-tons are prohibited from the Roosevelt Bridge. To see if your vehicle is suitable for crossing, download our What Can Cross flyer, or view the images below.
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