JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Mathews Bridge was rated "functionally obsolete" in 2011, a rating that suggests the 60-year old bridge was outdated from current civil and structural engineering technology, according to the Federal Department of Transportation.
The classification does not mean the bridge is unsound.
A "structurally deficient" bridge is one that needs immediate repair.
The Mathews Bridge damage is to the superstructure of the bridge, a support bearing area just below the bridge deck. It's made from steel support beams that form the horizontal span. With damage, the bridge cannot function.
There are currently 16 structurally deficient bridges and 87 functionally obsolete bridges in Duval County.
The Mathews bridge was last inspected in August 2011, the result of which garnered the functionally obsolete label. Action News learned most bridges were inspected within the last two years.
The Acosta, Fuller-Warren, Buckman and Hart bridges were not rated, which indicates no problems.
The Main Street Bridge is slated for repairs later this year. Officials say the Mathews repair will not delay the Main Street Bridge repair because the latter would only be closed nights and weekend.