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Temporary bridge to Pine Island built to help hurricane relief

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The bridge leading from Fort Myers to Pine Island, Fla., is seen heavily damaged in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian on Pine Island, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. Due to the damage, the island can only be reached by boat or air. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

(MATLACHA, Florida)– After Hurricane Ian swept through the west coast of Florida, many areas were left cut off from resources and help that might allow them to begin to recover.

Pine Island, the largest barrier island off Florida’s Gulf Coast, was especially crippled when the superstorm severely damaged the primary causeway between it and the mainland.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced during a press conference Wednesday that a temporary bridge to the island had been completed by the Florida Department of Transportation.

This bridge will allow first responders better access to the island and help restore vital aspects of infrastructure like electricity, and fuel supplies.

Residents of the island will also be better able to transport food and water from the mainland thanks to the structure, instead of boating supplies between coasts.

“We wanted it to be done by the end of this week, we actually got it done in the middle of this week,” DeSantis said. “Usually government will promise and underdeliver, well here’s an overdelivering.”