YULEE, Fla.-- Action News has learned an evacuation route in Nassau County will be closed all of this hurricane season.
This season even more hurricanes are predicted. But Action News has learned Nassau County could take you longer in an evacuation.
"The option any other year would be to go north on 17," said Emergency Management Director Danny Hinson.
We uncovered that's not an option this year. Hinson says the bridge over the St. Marys River is closed until next year. That means this evacuation route is closed the entire hurricane season.
But Hinson doesn't see it as a major problem. "For an evacuation, people are looking at major highways. I'm not as concerned about the lack of using the bridge," said Hinson.
We mapped out the possible routes people could take. The only way out of the eastern part of the county is State Road 200. Normally you could then hit either 95 or 17, but with the bridge closed, the only way north is 95.
Hinson agrees it's not ideal, but all they can do is adapt. "It's added time. That's where we have to push the button and say evacuate," said Hinson.
The DOT says the project either had to be done this year or next. It's a $3.4 million project.