There’s a headache ahead for Key Peninsula drivers.
The state Department of Transportation intends to close the Purdy Spit bridge for repairs over two nights next week.
The 80-year-old structure, which carries state Route 302 over the entrance to Burley Lagoon, needs asphalt and joint repairs, according to the department.
The span will be closed from 9 p.m. Monday to 4 a.m. Tuesday and from 9 p.m. Tuesday to 4 a.m. Wednesday.
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During the closures, motorists will be detoured along a 3-mile route using 94th Avenue Northwest, Southeast Pine Road and Bethel Burley Road Southeast.
The bridge is one of 145 state-owned bridges the Transportation Department has classified as “structurally deficient.” That means that while the span is not in danger of collapse, it needs extensive repairs or to be replaced.