The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) inspectors have advised that three interior island Duck Key bridges are deteriorating faster than anticipated. Based on the results, FDOT has issued the following weight restrictions: Bimini Bridge has a 9-ton weight limit, Harbor Drive and Seaview bridges each have a 10-ton limit. These bridges affect Harbour Island, Plantation Island, and Yacht Club Island.
Monroe County staff is accelerating the bidding with bids due back Dec. 10, 2020. The estimated contract period to complete the replacement is 18 months. The County is also looking at ways to provide alternative and interim solutions regarding services, repairs, and replacements. More details will be made available as they become available.
The Bimini Bridge was constructed in 1955 and is scheduled for replacement. The bridge was posted with a weight restriction of 26 tons in 2018, and a recent inspection by FDOT inspection contractor resulted in the posted weight being reduced to 9 tons. The engineering design and permitting for the replacement project is complete and the project is being advertised for construction bids on October 13.
The county and its engineering consultant are evaluating several methods to increase the weight limit on the bridge prior to beginning the replacement project including strengthening the north side of the bridge or replacing it completely with a temporary bridge. This will be used for traffic while the south side is replaced in the first phase of the replacement project. The county’s consultant is reviewing the load rating calculations and the final report from FDOT prior to determining the preferred alternative.
The County is providing weight certifications at the Long Key transfer station at no cost for Duck Key vehicles that are unsure if they fit within the load rating.
Due to the current weight limitations for Bimini, Harbor Drive, and Seaview bridges in Duck Key, Marathon Garbage trucks are unable to cross those bridges.
Monroe County Solid Waste Management and Marathon Garbage have arranged a temporary collection site for Duck Key residents. The site is located on Kingston Drive between Exuma Street and Nassau Street. The temporary collection site has dumpsters for household garbage, yard waste, and recycling. The county is asking that residents bring or have their waste brought to the temporary collection site. Dumpsters at the temporary site will be marked appropriately, and we ask that all household garbage be placed in “garbage bags” for disposal. (Please no open container dumping)
If you have an extenuating circumstance regarding the ability to use the collection site or concerns please contact Monroe County Solid Waste Management at 305-292-4432 or Marathon Garbage at 305-743-5165 to discuss.