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Officials explain slight gap seen in US 41 bridge over Caloosahatchee

Officials explain slight gap seen in US 41 bridge over Caloosahatchee
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LEE COUNTY, Fla. – A viewer reached out to NBC2 concerned about a slight gap in the US 41 bridge.

Florida Department of Transportation officials said it’s called a finger joint. They explained that these joints are used to allow the bridge parts to move slightly as they expand and contract with temperature changes outside.

Dr. Ashraf Badir, an associate professor of civil engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University said bridge joints help keep bridges intact. He said the joints can look different which is why sometimes you may not notice them.

“The reason we have it there is because otherwise, the concrete will get cracks,” said Dr. Badir.

The joint is more closed up during the summer as the bridge expands. In the winter, the joint is wider due to the cooler conditions.

FDOT officials said they have inspectors who keep tabs on all of our bridges to make sure they are safe to drive over. 

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