Bridge Safety: 6 South Florida bridges inspected and labeled as 'structurally deficient'

More than 100 labeled as 'functionally obsolete'

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Police said the recent collapse of the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River in Washington was due to a tractor trailer hitting an upper portion of the structure causing it to collapse into the water below. 

The bridge was built in 1955 but officials said it wasn't on the state's critical list of bridges that needed to be replaced. 

However, officials said the bridge was labeled as functionally obsolete.  That basically means it wasn't built to today's standards.

The Contact 5 Investigators went through inspection reports for all the bridges throughout the NewsChannel 5 viewing area and discovered there are 124 bridges designated as functionally obsolete. 

Plus, there are another six bridges designated as structurally deficient here. One is the Southern Boulevard Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway. The state plans on tearing it down and rebuilding it but that won't happen for at least another year. First they have to finish replacing the Flagler Memorial Bridge which is also classified as structurally deficient.

Here's a breakdown by county:

Indian River County: Functionally Obsolete: 21, Structurally Deficient: 1

Martin County: Functionally Obsolete: 10, Structurally Deficient: 0

Palm Beach County: Functionally Obsolete: 79, Structurally Deficient: 4

St. Lucie County: Functionally Obsolete: 12, Structurally Deficient: 1

Okeechobee County: Functionally Obsolete 2, Structurally Deficient: 0

New statewide data is expected to be released in July about the health of Florida bridges.


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