Tanglewood Bridge replacement plans ready
St. Petersburg, Fla. (May 22, 2018) -- Good news for drivers in the Tanglewood area!
Plans are in the works for the replacement of the Tanglewood Bridge (No. 157184) which was constructed in 1950 and takes traffic on Bayou Grande Boulevard NE over Tanglewood Canal.
Due to the size of the structure, it does not qualify for the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) inspection program. The City conducted independent inspections consistent with the guidelines for FDOT inspections under Federal requirements. In July 2015, following routine inspections, was subsequently posted with load restrictions. The 68 year-old bridge has exceeded its expected service life and is experiencing ongoing deterioration.
In January 2016, an independent bridge inventory management study for the City was conducted and recommended the span be replaced. A public meeting to discuss the proposed improvements is scheduled for June 5, 2018 from 5 to 7 pm at the Riviera United Methodist Church located at 175 62nd Ave N, 33702.
Initial designs of the new bridge replicate the current bridge aesthetically. However, the new bridge profile will be slightly raised and it will have wider sidewalks. The current bridge also carries water and sanitary utilities, which will be relocated during construction, then placed back on the new bridge.
The new span is being design to facilitate construction in phases to allow access to residents at all times during the replacement process.
Again, a public meeting to answer questions about the new span will be:
Wednesday, June 5, 2018
Riviera United Methodist Church
175 62nd Avenue N
St. Petersburg, FL 33702