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Neighbors concerned after bridge collapses in Gadsden County

Posted at 4:09 AM, Aug 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 04:09:36-04

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Neighbors in one Quincy community are having to take a detour after a road collapsed Wednesday morning!

People nearby tells WTXL that they're not surprised it happened.

Detour signs greet the people trying to go down Hutchinson Ferry Road in Gadsden County.

Wednesday morning, a portion of the road going over the river collapsed sending two drivers to the hospital.

Gadsden County Administrator Arthur Lawson tells WTXL with all of the rain we've seen mixed with utility and work trucks traveling back and forth for Hurricane recovery, the structure finally wore out.

People living nearby say its no shock to them that it failed.

"They do patch jobs and think that's fixing it. It's not. You can feel it when you go over it. You slow down and you hit your head on the roof," said Georgia Alfonso.

Georgia Alfonso lives on Peck Betts Road, it's just yards away from where the road collapsed.

She says on her street another road caved in back in December.

Alfonso says she's under doctor's orders to walk daily but with the roads falling in around her she's left wondering how everyone is supposed to go about their daily lives.

"All these bridges are greeting wiped out. How are you gonna get to work? There's another bridge. What if it collapses? How you gonna go to work," said Alfonso.

The road is maintained by Gadsden County.

The County Administrator says engineers are still surveying the area, so there's no telling how long it'll be before the road opens back up.