Bridge reopens after hit-and-run damaged safety arms, New Smyrna Beach police say

Car, driver involved in crash not yet located, police say

A detour sign blocks off Route 460 in Giles County.
A detour sign blocks off Route 460 in Giles County. (WSLS)

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – The North Causeway Bridge in New Smyrna Beach is back open, according to police.

A hit-and-run driver damaged the bridge safety arms on the North Causeway Bridge, forcing the span to close while repairs were made. According to police, a sedan ran through both of the bridge’s safety arms, damaging them just after 3:30 p.m. Monday.

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Investigators said they have not yet located the car involved in the hit-and-run. Traffic is being rerouted to the south causeway while repairs are being made.

The Florida Department of Transportation said repairs would take one to two hours to complete, according to police.

A similar incident happened in Daytona Beach in April. An SUV was recorded smashing through both sets of traffic arms and jumping a small gap on the Main Street Bridge as it was rising.

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Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.