A Clay County bridge shut down following Hurricane Irma’s Sept. 10 and 11 impact on the area will reopen late Friday, according to the County Commission.
The County Road 218 bridge just east of Blanding Boulevard in Middleburg will reopen at close of business after it was shut down Sept. 19 when inspection divers uncovered potential safety issues after the hurricane, county officials said.
“We recognize that this has been a significant inconvenience and are delighted to give Clay County residents an early Christmas present as we reopen this major thoroughfare in our county,” said commission chairman Gavin Rollins.
Shutdown of the two-lane bridge over the south fork of Black Creek necessitated a major detour south to Florida 16, or north to County Road 218, before drivers could find their way back to County Road 218 via smaller roads. County officials said the bridge contractor completed the job ahead of the scheduled finish date of Dec. 23.
The contractor will complete painting the bridge after the reopening, but the work will not impact the bridge or two-way traffic, county officials said.
Dan Scanlan: (904) 359-4549