FEMA Public Assistance Program: Loest Road Bridge

April 14, 2020  

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received the subgrant application for the City of Jacksonville’s Loest Road Bridge repair due to damages in Hurricane Irma (DR-4337-FL PW 08088). Pursuant to Executive Order 11988 and 44 CFR Part 9.12, final notice is hereby given of FEMA’s intent to provide funding for this project under the Public Assistance (PA) Program.

An initial disaster-wide Public Notice was published October 06, 2017 for Hurricane Irma. Comments and other information received were fully evaluated by FEMA along with evaluation of social, economic, environmental, and safety considerations. This notice serves as a project-specific final notice for FEMA’s funding action located within the floodplain.

Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions. This action complies with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements.

Responsible Entity: FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Program

Applicant: City of Jacksonville

Project Title(s): PA-04-FL-4337-PW-08088 PN 35333; Loest Road Bridge

Location of Proposed Work: Magnolia Street (Loest Rd) over Long Branch Creek, 0.1 miles south of Max Middleburg Rd., Jacksonville, Florida (30.19395, -82.01560)

Floodplain: Project is located in the AE Zone, otherwise known as the 100-year floodplain, per Duval County FIRM Panel #12019C0025E dated 03/17/2014. Portions of the project are located in a freshwater emergent wetland, per Florida’s Wetland Mapper dated 10/08/2019.

Proposed Work and Purpose: The City of Jacksonville will replace the Loest Road Bridge by replacing the 61 FT x 22 FT four span bridge and installing the roadway and its components including stabilized subgrade, limerock base, asphalt, asphaltic concrete surface, miscellaneous asphalt, guardrails, traffic signs, object markers, HydroSeed, and sod. The City will also install a temporary diversion roadway and its components including an embankment, a storm pipe, stabilized subgrade, limerock base, asphalt, and slope protection, and will provide clearing and grubbing, traffic maintenance, sediment barrier, a cofferdam, and dewatering during construction. As part of a flood hazard mitigation proposal, the City of Jacksonville will replace the existing wooden bridge with a triple barrel concrete box culvert consisting of 3 (5 FT x 10 FT x 34 FT) channels with wingwalls. The downstream embankment will be armored with filter fabric and rip rap.

Project Alternatives: The alternative that has been considered is the no action alternative. An alternative location is not practicable as the bridge is part of a road system providing the only method of access to residences south of the bridge and relocation would adversely impact the community. The no action alternative is not feasible as the facility would continue to be vulnerable to further damages and pose safety hazards to the residents in the community.

Comments: This will serve as the final public notice regarding the above-described action funded by the FEMA PA program. Interested persons may submit comments, questions, or request a map of this specific project by writing to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 4, 3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30341 or by emailing FEMAR4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Comments should be sent in writing with the subject line FL-4337- PW-08088, City of Jacksonville at the above address within 15 days of the date of this notice.