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The collapse of a section of Liberty Street in downtown this weekend is brining renewed concern about Jacksonville's roads and bridges. The state of the nation's infrastructure is also an issue in the proposed budget announced by President Obama this week, with the president calling for nearly half  a trillion dollars in transportation construction spending. We look at infrastructure concerns and possible solutions with Rick Mullaney, director of Jacksonville University's Public Policy Institute, and A.G. Gancarski, columnist for Folio Weekly and Florida Politics.

The Fuller Warren Bridge, Matt Shirk and Tim Tebow are in the headlines today.

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Plans to widen the Fuller Warren Bridge now include other improvements designed to make it more people-friendly. Jacksonville City Councilman Robin Lumb unveiled the revised plans Wednesday afternoon.

Quality Education for All, One Spark and marriage equality are in the headlines today.

Florida Highway Patrol

Calls for the Florida Department of Transportation to review the safety of Jacksonville’s Buckman Bridge have apparently been heard.

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The safety of the Buckman Bridge has been called into question following Wednesday’s fatal accident that sent a Ford pick-up truck over the guard rail and into the St. Johns River.

Duval teachers, blight and All Aboard Florida are in the headlines today.

City of Jacksonville

The portable road signs telling motorists when they can drive across the Mathews Bridge are gone, and they won’t be coming back.

Michael Dunn, Marissa Alexander, and red light cameras are in the headlines today.

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The Florida Department of Transportation is scheduled to permanently close access from the Main Street Bridge in downtown Jacksonville to Hendricks Avenue starting at 8 p.m. on Monday night, February 3.

Met Park, the Florida governor's race, and juvenile justice are in the headlines today.

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Parts of Jacksonville's Main Street Bridge are slated to be closed at various times for at least the next year.

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The list of proposed road construction projects for the next five years in the six-county Jacksonville metro-area, will be available for public review tonight.

Florida Department of Transportation spokeswoman Gina Busscher says engineers and planners will be on-hand at the agency's Edison Avenue training center to talk about the projects and answer people's questions.

"It’s called our 'tentative work program,” she said. "Each year FDOT updates its five year transportation plan with projects requested by the public, local government and metropolitan planning organizations."

FDOT

The Florida Department of Transportation will reopen four lanes of the Mathews Bridge following evening rush hour traffic on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

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State transportation officials say a partial opening of the Mathews Bridge in the coming days is not off the table.

Florida Department of Transportation spokesman Mike Goldman said work is continuing around the clock to repair the span that was damaged last month after being struck by a ship, with the first stage of repairs is nearly complete.

When finished, it will allow the heavy equipment needed to make permanent repairs.

If possible, there will be two lanes of traffic heading into downtown in the mornings and two lanes heading to Arlington in the afternoon.   

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