Mechanical/electrical problems with the Boca Inlet bridge forced Boca Raton police to send Nixle alerts via cell phones and social media six times in the last two weeks of November.
“We were telling our residents to avoid the area because the bridge is [temporarily] closed,“ said Jessica Desir, a Boca Raton Police spokeswoman. The short closures caused traffic backups each time.
The Florida Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining the bridge, but it was unclear whether FDOT had plans to do any repairs or maintenance to fix the problems. FDOT did not return several calls seeking comment.
RIGHT: The bridge opens for a boat on Nov. 24. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star
Residents in the area were further inconvenienced because the Camino Real bridge closed for repairs in April. That bridge, initially planned to reopen in April 2019, is now set to reopen in July, according to Andres Atehortua, the project administrator for the repair work.