The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Jacksonville District will undertake repairs to stabilize a bridge in Brevard County after receiving a mission assignment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of Florida.
The work will take place on the bridge over Sykes Creek near the city of Cocoa, which was damaged by Hurricane Irma. The Corps’ efforts will stabilize the bridge to reduce the risk of failure of a water main supported by the structure that services area communities. The measures will provide a temporary solution until local officials develop a plan to permanently repair or replace the bridge.
“Last week as part of our post-Irma assessment, engineers from our Army Corps team completed a rapid assessment of alternatives,” said Col. Jason Kirk, Jacksonville District Commander. “We will implement temporary measures to limit any additional scour around the bridge that could lead to failure if another storm were to develop.”
The Corps is developing a plan for completing the project. It is currently unknown when work will begin although it is expected to be completed by the end of November. The agency is executing this mission under a FEMA program that provides assistance for emergency protective measures to reduce disaster impacts from storm events.
Release no. 17-057