CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Some Cape Coral residents can expect the sounds of construction for a couple of months. Right now crews are repairing a bridge that sits over the Hernando Canal. That's near Southwest 37th Terrace and Surfside Boulevard.
The city is spending more than $100,000 to fix it. Crews will work, weather permitting, Monday through Friday, and sometimes, on Saturday, if they need to.
Walker Contracting Group, based in Naples, is in charge of repairing this bridge. Work starts with a dive underwater to build a scaffolding.
Construction is not expected to block boats. Neighbor Jane Morrison hopes it stays that way. "We are a little concerned, simply because of the access of getting out," she said.
Years of wear and tear has taken a toll. Water is making the rebar expand inside of the bridge. Which, in turn, causes the concrete to crack.
"When we go under the bridge, it looks pretty bad. We have noticed, for some time, it needs work. So we know it's needed," said Morrison.
WINK News was first to reveal that this bridge may be the first of many bridges to be repaired, which could mean hundreds of thousands of dollars out of your wallet.
An estimated 100 to 120 bridges are more then 40 years old.
"We do expect more projects here in the future. Talking with the city of Cape Coral, they were aware that most of these bridges were built roughly around the same amount of time," said Jason Swanson, Director of Operations.
Boaters and drivers are asked to use caution when traveling through the construction area. Crews will also replace a section of sidewalk.
Work is expected to be completed by October.