The Kennedy Draw Bridge in downtown Tampa was shut down early in the morning hours when a cable connected to a drill rig snagged onto the bridge structure. The City of Tampa and the District Seven Bridge Office rushed to stabilize the rig immediately.
The District Seven office and the local communities of St. Petersburg and St. Pete Beach celebrated the completion of the Pinellas Bayway Bridge (S.R. 682) with the “Bayway Bridge Bash and 5K Run.”
The Florida Department of Transportation received three regional awards in the 2014 America’s Transportation Awards competition:
District Seven’s Lee Royal had the opportunity to represent FDOT at the 2014 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) black-tie gala awards program and dinner.
This year, several FDOT districts observed National Bring Your Child to Work Day. Bridges were built, wildflowers were planted, traffic was discussed, and safety was practiced by children across the state.
FDOT and Martin County opened the new Veterans Memorial Bridge to vehicle and pedestrian traffic late Friday, December 21.
FDOT reopened the Mathews Bridge to four lanes of traffic on the morning of October 29. The bridge was closed to traffic on September 26 due to significant damage from a ship under tow hitting the structure.
The San Sebastian River Bridge replacement was the only District Two project selected by the Florida Transportation Builders’ Association as “Best in Construction” awards for 2013.
A space shuttle fuel tank was moved by barge under the historic Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine on its way to Keystone Heights from Cape Canaveral using the Intracoastal Waterway. This is the actual fuel tank used on the missions of the space shuttle.
A civic group praised the FDOT for its work renovating the Mathews Bridge at a celebration commemorating the 60th anniversary of the opening of the river crossing which was once termed as “Jacksonville’s bridge to nowhere.”
FDOT completed demolition of the out-of-service bridge connecting I-595 and southbound Florida’s Turnpike, removing concrete and cutting steel beams that spanned over the Turnpike.