|Published:||Apr 18, 2013 5:11 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 18, 2013 7:00 PM EDT|
MARCO ISLAND, Fla. - Bob Brown is worried the repairs to the Smokehouse Bay Bridge won't work for much longer. Built in the 1960's, the bridge is one of the main arteries for Marco Island.
"Not only is it the direct route on SR 951 onto the island, it's also our main evacuation route in case of hurricane or emergency," said Brown.
There are already cracks in the seawall and to the support beams underneath the bridge. Water and sewage lines run under it.
"If something to happen and that were to crumble, there'd be raw sewage being dumped into this canal," said Brown.
In a 5-2 vote last month, the City Council approved a new bridge and spent two million dollars on the design. But now the council is deciding whether to rebuild or repair.
"The city has about 11 million dollars worth of debt right now, to add another 9 million dollars, I don't think it is the right thing to do when we could repair it for a smaller some of money," said Councilman Larry Magel.
"How much more repair can we afford and how much more before we have a serious issue and someone gets hurt or the bridge actually falls apart?" asked Brown.