Funds sought to avert Bluff Road culvert collapse

The culvert is located directly in front of Pendleton’s on Bluff Road. Photo available for purchase

The culvert is located directly in front of Pendleton’s on Bluff Road.

Lois Swoboda
Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 10:26 AM.

County commissioners voted last week to take emergency measures if the condition of a damaged culvert worsens.

At the April 1 meeting, County Planner Alan Pierce told commissioners that a large culvert under Bluff Road has been found to have serious damage. During a recent inspection related to the resurfacing of Bluff Road , the culvert was found to be completely corroded on the underside.

Pierce said the sides of the culvert are bowing in and the structure could collapse during a heavy rain event.

He said that county consulting firm Preble Rish Engineering is reviewing options for repair with the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT). He said the current elliptical culvert might be replaced with two six-foot circular pipes.

The culvert drains about 1000-acres, 600 of which are on airport property. Pierce said he has inquired whether DOT funds for improving airport drainage could be used to contribute to the cost of repair.

Pierce said the situation is exacerbated by the fact that resurfacing of Bluff Road is underway. He said the culvert should be repaired before the road is resurfaced so that the new road will not have to be cut later to make repairs.

Commissioner William Massey who works with the Carrabelle Road Department agreed. “You want to fix it now,” he said.

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