Flagler Bridge closing for six months

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The Flagler Memorial Bridge will be closed for six months beginning in May, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

During that time work will take place on the pillars and the foundation of a new bridge, according to Tish Burgher with the Florida Department of Transportation.

Last year engineers discovered the existing bridge had settled more than two inches over the previous year.

As a precaution it will be off limits.

The new $94.2 million replacement bridge is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

In November 2012, the aging bridge was closed for emergency repairs after its locks were knocked out of alignment during the construction of the replacement bridge.

Last fall the bridge was shut down for 10 days after construction crews found a problem with the spans.

More than 16,000 cars cross the bridge daily between West Palm Beach and Palm Beach.