On the night of February 2, and through the early morning hours of February 3, the largest ACROW temporary bridge in the U.S. rolled into position over University Parkway in Sarasota County.
The $1.8 million, 280 feet long, 42 feet wide ACROW temporary bridge weighs approximately 480 tons (not including the weight of the asphalt surface). The bridge took approximately four weeks to assemble prior to the launch. There were two assembly teams, each consisting of six crew members.
At 42 feet wide, it is the widest ACROW Bridge used thus far in the United States. The ACROW consists of three travel lanes and 4 feet shoulders. The bridge will detour traffic on I-75 over University Parkway while the contractor demolishes and constructs new overpass bridges.
ACROW temporary bridges are similar to the original Bailey bridge used during WWII in Europe. When construction is complete on the I-75/University Parkway DDI project FDOT will store the bridge for future projects.