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No More Mathews Bridge Closures As Crews Turn Attention To Underside

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.That’s because repair crews have shifted their attention to the underside of the 60-year-old span, says Florida Department of Transportation spokesperson Brian Delburn.

“The project is not yet complete.  The top side is done, they’re going to work on the bottom side, but that’s going to be done via a barge so they won’t be operating on the bridge itself.  At least not on the top part of the structure,” he said.

The closures were part of a $22.7 million maintenance project that called for fixing, painting and cleaning all one-and-a-quarter miles of the bridge.

“We’re 90 percent contract time into the project, which means we should probably have it completed in three weeks all together,” Delburn said

Work on the Mathews Bridge began in the fall of 2011 and was projected to wrap up in this summer.

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Cyd Hoskinson began working at WJCT on Valentine’s Day 2011.