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Gadsden County gets millions in funding for Hurricane Michael bridge repairs

Posted at 5:34 PM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 17:34:18-05

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Governor Ron DeSantis has a major announcement for people living in Gadsden County who are still navigating through some of the effects of Hurricane Michael on a daily basis.

Gov. Desantis announced the state will provide millions of dollars to repair two bridges that collapsed just seven months ago.

Two drivers were hospitalized when the culvert on Hutchinson Ferry Road collapsed.

"Specifically we're going to have $1.5 million to repair the Hutchinson Ferry Bridge that collapsed last year because of Hurricane Michael," said DeSantis. "And then, the remaining funds will be used to repair the Little River Bridge. These two bridges are important for everyday life for the residents here and they serve as the primary route for almost a thousand vehicles per day.

According to the Gadsden County Administrator, the collapses came after excessive rain and traffic from utility trucks responding to the storm.

Governor DeSantis adds that additional requests for Hurricane Michael recovery are still pending in the legislature.