The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is holding a public information meeting concerning the replacement for bridge crossing Carpenters Creek on Ninth Avenue today from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Woodland Heights Resource Center, 111 Berkley Drive.
The intent of this project is to replace the existing structurally deficient bridge culvert on State Road 289 (N 9th Avenue) over Carpenter Creek and resurfacing the roadway. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction during construction. This project is funded for right-of-way acquisition in fiscal year 2019, with construction anticipated fall 2020.
Additional project information is available at nwflroads.com. There will be no formal presentation; however, FDOT representatives will be available to discuss proposed improvements, answer questions and receive comments. Comments are welcome and appreciated.
Councilwoman Sherri Myers asks that people come and voice their opinions.
“FDOT loves citizens input,” she told Inweekly. “They do listen to the citizens, so I urge people to be there.”
She added, “It’s a culvert type of bridge that we have now that is causing lot of flooding issues for property owners, so that’s one of the things that FDOT wants to address.”
Myers said the new bridge should have room for the water to flow and for people to kayak under it towards Bayou Texar.
“Right now you can’t kayak or hardly walk under the 9th Avenue bridge,” she said. “There are a few challenges in terms of them getting the right of way that they need to rebuild the bridge and protect the trees. We’ve got to protect these mature, beautiful pine trees and heritage oak trees.”