FDEM Announces Completion of Project to Shore Up Sykes Creek Bridge
The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) announced the completion of the project to shore up Sykes Creek Bridge in Brevard County, ending an imminent threat of collapse, and securing the supply of drinkable water for 7,000 customers.
FDEM Director Wes Maul said, “Completion of work to stabilize the Sykes Creek Bridge is a milestone in the recovery from Hurricane Irma. It is an example of success delivered through a process that was federally supported, state managed and locally executed, and I am proud of the role that the Division and all of our partners played.”
The bridge on Sea Ray Drive was damaged during Hurricane Irma when storm surge eroded material around pilings making it structurally unsound. Since the bridge contains a water main that serves residents in Cape Canaveral and other outlying coastal communities, the damage posed a major threat to public water supply in those areas.
On September 22 of last year, FDEM submitted a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist with removing the imminent threat to the bridge and water main. The request was approved, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began work on the project in early January.
With the completion of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ phase of the project, the remainder of the bridge restoration and future maintenance will be completed by Brevard County and the City of Cocoa.
For more information about FDEM’s work to aid Florida’s recovery process, see this release.
For a full explanation Brevard County’s role in future permanent restorative work on Sykes Creek Bridge, see the Emergency Resolution.