Published: Jan 24, 2013 6:42 PM EST
Updated: Jan 25, 2013 8:49 AM EST

SANIBEL, Fla.- Lee County DOT Operations has hired a contractor to conduct inspection activity for the Sanibel bridges over the next several weeks. The work is to be done weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and is currently anticipated to finish by the end of February 2013, weather permitting.

Engineers sealed the cracks in 2010, but some reappeared soon after.

"It shouldn't be given the design specifications for the beams, but that's what we want to check and make sure, that there's not some other activity that's affecting the cracking," Lee County Department of Transportation Director David Loveland said.

The one year contract with the engineering company performing the inspection will cost $160,000 in toll money.

"It requires them to do an initial phase and document and measure every single crack on the beams, and then they're going to come back in 6-8 months and re-look at the cracks and see if anything has changed," Loveland said.

The inspection work will be done from the shoulders and should be accomplished without lane closures although there may be very short traffic disruptions during the daily set up and tear down of the Maintenance of Traffic devices.

Variable message signs will be placed to alert drivers to the roadway Maintenance of Traffic.

If you have any questions, please contact Lee County DOT at (239) 533-9400.