Need for the Project
The 40th Avenue NE Bridge connects two St. Petersburg neighborhoods – Northeast Park and Shore Acres. Since August 2017, this 57 year old structure has been the focus of community conversation. That’s when the City discovered hidden structural issues under the center portion of the bridge and temporarily closed the bridge to make emergency repairs. During the repair process, additional deterioration was discovered and City officials determined that a new structure was needed.
As a way of maintaining safe vehicular access, the City reduced the maximum weight allowed on the structure, modified the travel lanes by shifting traffic to the outside and lowered the speed limit. These safety measures were implemented in an effort to keep this important connection open as plans for its repair and replacement move forward.
The design of the new structure is underway and the City will be hosting community workshops to gather input from neighborhood residents impacted by the bridge. The project will focus on three key factors: user safety, accessibility and aesthetics. Please check back to learn more about the upcoming workshops and ways that you can participate in the look and function of the new structure.