BOCA RATON, Fla. - It may not be obvious to the untrained eye, but the 30 year old Palmetto Park Road Bridge takes a beating daily.
"All of the mechanical parts are in the salt environment constantly, so it requires a lot of maintenance," says Dennis Furney, a bridge mechanic for Palm Beach County.
NewsChannel 5 tagged along as Furney gave Palm Beach County Commissioner Steve Abrams a tour inside the bridge.
The County is poised to set aside $2.6 million to replace the hydraulics and rusted out areas of the bridge. Such repairs took a back seat during the recession.
"We try to catch it before it becomes a huge safety issue, but again we're having to play some catch up," says Commissioner Abrams.
Abrams says the entire county roads and bridge repair budget went from about $10 million to a mere $400,000 during the recession.
It's not just bridges that need attention. Re-paving a two-mile stretch of North Dixie Highway in Boca Raton is also a priority. Residents are pleased to hear about it, but they want more.
"I think it's a great idea, but this area also needs to be cleaned up," says Carmen Piccolo.
Repairs will come first, no word if a beautification project would follow.