Browns Creek Bridge repaired, access to Amelia Island restored

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Browns Creek Bridge has been repaired and is now open after being shut down due to structural issues caused by Hurricane Irma.

The Florida Department of Transportation announced Friday, Sept. 15 that necessary repairs had been made to the bridge along Heckscher Dr., which connects commuters to Amelia Island.

"Additional work in the area is ongoing that requires lane closures, but flaggers will assist with traffic movement," said Ron Tittle, FDOT Communications Director.

Residents who were looking to get to Amelia Island earlier this week were rerouted to the Shave Bridge off of State Road 200, while the Mayport Ferry was out of service.

The bridge was open for a brief period early Tuesday morning, until authorities working on it realized there was a structural deficiency with the bridge and closed it to traffic. It will need to be prepared until it can be reopened.

With the bridge out, commuters and day trips throughout the area will be impeded. To get to the Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve, it'll take a drive up through Yulee. Huguenot Memorial Park is also going to be hard to get to, as will Little and Big Talbot islands. 

The bridge suffered heavy damage from Hurricane Irma as it passed by the First Coast.

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