In September of 2017, when it became clear that Hurricane Irma's projected path was aimed squarely at Florida, B&N mobilized to perform post-hurricane bridge inspections for Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 2. The bridges were located throughout a widely dispersed area between Cedar Key on the west coast and Jacksonville on the east coast.
Prior to the storm, team members attended a coordination meeting with FDOT to receive post-storm assignments. As soon as winds dropped to 40 miles per hour, engineers started their inspection routes.
B&N inspected 38 bridges in less than 12 hours – ranging from small single span to large truss bridges including the Main Street Bridge in Jacksonville. Inspecting the bridges immediately following the storm helped FDOT determine which bridges could be opened to traffic and what damage was caused by the hurricane. The inspectors also reported suggested repairs.