Brooks Bridge now open

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NICK TOMECEK / Northwest Florida Daily News
Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 12:05 PM.

FORT WALTON BEACH — The Brooks Bridge is now open after a barge carrying a crane crashed into the west side of the bridge Wednesday afternoon, according to Florida Department of Transportation spokesperson Ian Satter.

Satter said all lanes are open to vehicles and temporary repairs have been made to the sidewalk and barrier wall on the bridge. The eastbound side of the bridge remains closed to pedestrians.

U.S. Coast Guard Seaman John Moon said boats are currently not being allowed under the bridge. He did not know how long that would be in effect.

A water line for Okaloosa Island that ruptured in the accident had also been repaired by Thursday morning, but residents on the island are under a precautionary boil water notice for now, according to Okaloosa County spokeswoman Kathy Newby.

All affected customers should boil water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, washing dishes, bathing and brushing teeth until further notice.

The notice will remain in effect until a bacteriological survey shows that the water is safe to drink.

The bridge was closed to all motorists and pedestrians for several hours after the crash due to the damage caused by the crane. It remained closed to eastbound traffic until about 9 p.m. when officials were able to open one lane in each direction.

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