ST. PETERSBURG – The 40th Avenue NE bridge, closed several days for emergency repairs, is scheduled to reopen on Wednesday at 10 a.m., according to city officials.
One lane of eastbound and westbound will be squeezed to the outer edges of the bridge, officials said, so engineers can more closely inspect the interior and center pieces of the span.
"This modification of traffic allows us the room to work safely," said Brejesh Prayman, the city's engineering director, said in a news release. "It also allows traffic to work both east and westbound at the same time restoring access for residents."
Motorists will be able to use the bridge after morning rush hour subsides Wednesday, allowing for drivers to get used to the new pattern for a few hours before afternoon traffic picks up.
Motorists are advised to proceed with caution and adhere to the reduced speed limit of 15 mph, officials said. Pedestrians are asked to use alternate routes.
Trucks using the bridge are required to strictly adhere to the posted weight limits and reduced speeds.