For those who have noticed that the new S.S. Jolley Bridge expansions as you come onto Marco Island are not even, no problem.
While two other expanses that will come together are even, the other two are not because of the slope between the two.
Debbie Tower, spokeswoman for the State Department of Transportation said, “Everything is fine. There is an unevenness, but this is not a flat bridge. The beams that appear less even are because there is a bigger slope.”
She said the bridge is being built according to plan. “There are daily, weekly and monthly inspections,” she said. “While there is an awful lot we can’t discuss about its construction due to statutes written since 9-11, everything is being built to plan.”
The expansion of the bridge from a one-span, two-lane bridge to a two-span, four-lane bridge was made possible through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Florida Highway Administration approved the project and Florida Department of Transportation awarded a contract for $25.5 million to Johnson Bros. and FIGG, the design build team.
Completion of the bridge is expected in the fall of 2011.