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Communications Office / Roosevelt Bridge Updates and FAQ
Dixie Highway to Close This Thursday Night and Friday Night for Roosevelt Bridge RepairsSeptemeber 22, 2020
Dixie Highway to Close Nightly This Weekend for Roosevelt Bridge RepairsSeptember 15, 2020
Dixie Highway to Close This Weekend for Roosevelt Bridge RepairAugust 27, 2020
Roosevelt Bridge Repair UpdateAugust 14, 2020
FDOT Monitoring Roosevelt Bridge as Hurricane Isaias ApproachesJuly 31, 2020
Roosevelt Bridge Repair Update July 17, 2020
Roosevelt Bridge Traffic Advisory and Update July 15, 2020
Roosevelt Bridge and Dixie Highway Traffic AdvisoryJuly 5, 2020
Roosevelt Regional Detour Map
FDOT’s July 2 Updates on Roosevelt Bridge and Re-Opening of Dixie Highway
FDOT Reviewing Segmental Bridge Inspection Procedures Statewide
FDOT's June 29 Updates on Roosevelt Bridge In an effort to protect Florida’s transportation infrastructure, Section 119.071(3)(b), Florida Statutes, provides that building plans, blueprints, schematic drawings, and diagrams, including draft, preliminary, and final formats, which depict the internal layout and structural elements of a building, arena, stadium, water treatment facility, or other structure owned or operated by an agency are exempt from the requirements of Florida’s Public Records Law. The redactions included in the documents were made pursuant to this law.
FDOT’s June 26 Updates on Roosevelt Bridge
FDOT’s June 25 Updates on Roosevelt Bridge (click on image to enlarge)
FDOT’s June 24 Updates on Roosevelt Bridge
FDOT’s June 23 Updates on Roosevelt Bridge
FDOT’s June 22 Updates on Roosevelt Bridge
FDOT’s June 21 Updates on Roosevelt Bridge
FDOT’s June 20 Updates on Roosevelt Bridge (click on image to enlarge)
Crews Testing NB Interior
Towers for shoring
Careful Drilling around Tendons
FDOT’s June 19 Updates on Roosevelt Bridge
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. Due to the re-opening of the Roosevelt Bridge and Dixie Highway, Florida’s Turnpike is no longer a necessary detour route for 2-axle vehicles. On July 6, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) reinstated tolls on Florida’s Turnpike for all 2-axle vehicles. The Turnpike will remain a detour route for vehicles with 3 or more axles; therefore, tolls will remain suspended between milepost 133 (Monterey Rd) and milepost 142 (Port St. Lucie Blvd) for these larger vehicles.
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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