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Brooks Bridge repair
OKALOOSA COUNTY -- Spring break will delay the start of repairs to the Brooks Bridge in Okaloosa County.
The bridge connects Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island.
Last week, a barge with a crane on it rammed the bridge damaging the guard rail and breaking a water main.
The state plans to begin making permanent repairs after spring break around the middle of April.
The repairs will take three to four weeks.
Most of the work will be done at night between 8 pm and 6 am.
Whenever Desiree Gautriex drives past the exact spot where crane met bridge it makes her uneasy.
"It's just scary having that center block piece all broken off. I'm worried about going over it honestly."
She still takes the bridge because its the shortest way from Fort Walton Beach to Okaloosa Island
"I come over to enjoy my beach day, enjoy the sun and hang out with friends."
It's not the most traffic friendly road during the spring break and summer seasons.
Desiree and other drivers were worried that permanent bridge repairs would have met a month of lane closures and more traffic.
Knowing that the state plans to keep the lanes open during the day and do their work at night is welcome news.
Christine Clarke, Driver: "If they do it at night it'll be all right, it won't be so bad. But when it's congested like this it takes forever to get across."
Ian Buck, Driver: "During the spring and summer everybody gets to the top of the bridge and everyone wants to look right and look left at the water. You cut that down to one lane and you get more rubber neckers looking at the repairs and one bump leads to the next."
Even though the state says repairing the bridge won't be a pain to drivers...
Desiree knows it's smarter to add some extra time to her commute in the weeks ahead just in case."
Desiree: "Definitely plan ahead, leave a lot earlier and beat the traffic."
The state has not said how expensive the repairs will be...
But they expect the barge company to pay the tab.