Mid-Bay Bridge could reopen to limited traffic next week

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Mid-Bay Bridge could be reopened by next week.

This week the Mid-Bay Bridge in Okaloosa County shut down for emergency repairs, but officials with the Florida Department of Transportation say the bridge could reopen by Wednesday, January 16th.

When the bridge reopens, officials say traffic will be limited to two-axle vehicles including cars, trucks, SUVs, school buses, and limited EMS and first responder equipment. Semi-trucks and commercial vehicles will still have to use alternate routes until permanent repairs to the bridge are complete.

FDOT announced the closure Tuesday night, saying they closed the bridge for safety reason. They say during a routine inspection they found corrosion on some of the metal tendons inside the bridge.

FDOT says about 22,000 vehicles travel over the bridge daily.