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How safe is the Jolley Bridge in Marco Island?

Recently it has been reported at other outlets the Judge S.S Jolley Bridge in Marco Island was built by FIGG Bridge Engineers. The engineering company behind the Florida International University pedestrian bridge which collapsed on March 16th.

Many began to wonder, how safe is the Judge S.S Jolley Bridge?

Well, consider this: the now notorious FIGG Bridge Engineers only constructed the southbound two land side of the bridge in 2011.

Since then, the bridge has been hit by numerous tropical storms as long as hurricane Irma’s direct hit. After the hurricane, inspectors cleared the bridge for safe use.

As for the Northbound side of the bridge, it was constructed in 1969 and was inspected regularly and has weathered winds from Hurricane Andrew, Charley, Jeanne, and of course Irma.

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After every hurricane, Florida Department of Transportation conducts a general inspection to make sure the bridge is safe to use. The last full inspection of the bridge occurred on April 12th, 2017 and the next full inspection is not expected until 2019.

Until the next inspection is done, right now there doesn’t seem to be any reason to worry.

If you have any evidence to the contrary, let us know, and we’ll dig deeper into it.


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