After upgrading utilities and days of rerouted traffic, the 40th Avenue NE Bridge in St. Petersburg is now open for two-way traffic as of 10:00 a.m. Wednesday.
The bridge, which connects the Northeast Park and Shore Acres neighborhoods, was closed to traffic for about two weeks for emergency repairs. A consultant’s report found the original center parts of the bridge were dangerously at-risk.
According to the city’s website, one lane of east bound and one lane of west bound traffic will be squeezed to the outer edges of the bridge, so engineers can inspect the interior and center pieces of the span.
“This modification of traffic allows us the room to work safely,” said City of St. Petersburg Engineering Director Brejesh Prayman. “It also allows traffic to work both east- and westbound at the same time restoring access for residents.”
Once morning rush hour traffic subsides, drivers will be able to use the bridge, and get used to the new pattern for a few hours before the mid-afternoon rush.
The city recommends motorists continue with caution in the area, and adhere to the reduced 15 mph speed limit. Pedestrians should consider alternate routes.
Trucks using the bridge are required to strictly adhere to the posted weight limits and reduced speeds.
More updates on St. Petersburg public works are at stpete.org.