Brooks Bridge reopens following incident

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WILMINGTON, DE – JUNE 04: “Road Closed” signs block the entrance to I-495 north to the bridge over the Christina River June 4, 2014 in Wilmington, Delaware. The bridge was closed indefinitely after four support columns were discovered to be tilting. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

update:  The Bridge reopened to traffic early Sunday morning, FDOT deemed it safe.  

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (WKRG/AP) —

Authorities along the Florida Panhandle have closed off a highway bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway after two smokestacks that were being pushed on barges struck the bridge’s underside.
    
The incident happened Saturday night along a busy waterway in Fort Walton Beach. Brooks Bridge carries U.S. Route 98 traffic over the Santa Rosa Sound between downtown Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island.
    
The Okaloosa Sheriff’s Office says the bridge is closed until the structure can be evaluated and determined to be safe. The Coast Guard will investigate.
    
Witnessed noticed that the barge, which was filled with construction equipment, appeared to be very tall and close to the bridge.

Original Story

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Tweeted saying the Brooks Bridge is closed due to a boating incident. The post advises drivers to use alternative routes. According to the post, the bridge will remain closed until safety is determined.

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