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Public Invited To Comment On Plan To Tear Down Hart Bridge Ramps

Bill Bortzfield
The Hart Bridge elevated ramp on Gator Bowl Blvd. is set for demolition in early 2020.

The City of Jacksonville wants to tear down a good portion of the elevated ramp that goes from the Hart Bridge into downtown and have it replaced with a single, wider road in front of TIAA Bank Field.

The Florida Department of Transportation is in the process of evaluating the project.  FDOT spokesman Hampton Ray said that study along with preliminary construction plans will be available for review at a public open house this Thursday afternoon.

“People will be able to come in and view the documents, view proposed changes to the roadway, proposed maps. And then also they’ll be able to comment directly to engineers as well as submit written comments if they choose on”

FDOT is responsible for highways, bridges and elevated roadways in Florida.  But the city will be in charge of the project once the Hart Bridge ramps come down.

Credit City of Jacksonville
This map illustrates the proposed traffic changes that would result after the Hart Bridge's ramps are demolished.

“They’ll be the ones that will be taking over the transfer of the roadway. But at this point we expect construction to begin in early 2020.

The public open house is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at FLDOT’s Urban Office Training Center on Edison Avenue in the Riverside area.

Map of Meeting Location

Contact reporter Cyd Hoskinson at, 904-358-6351 and on Twitter at @cydwjctnews.