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Video: Last Beam Laid For New Fuller Warren Bridge Pedestrian, Bicycle Path

The new shared use path on the Fuller Warren Bridge is due to be finished in the fall of 2021.
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It won’t be too much longer until you’ll be able to walk or bicycle across the Fuller Warren Bridge.

Construction crews have moved the final beams of the new Fuller Warren Bridge Shared Use Path into place, which the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) says marks the completion of a major milestone on the $126 million I-10/I-95 Operational Improvements project, which is expected to be finished in fall 2021.

This project will also add traffic capacity to I-95 through the addition of travel lanes in both directions of the existing Fuller Warren Bridge.

“FDOT is always looking for ways to expand access to transportation,” said FDOT District 2 Secretary Greg Evans in an email to WJCT News. “Once completed, this shared use path will connect communities and open up new opportunities for bicyclists and pedestrians alike. I have no doubt this new path will be a great community feature for Jacksonville.”

For pedestrians and bicyclists in San Marco and Riverside/Brooklyn, it will mean no longer needing to detour over to the Acosta or Main Street bridges to get to the other side of the St. Johns River.

“I applaud FDOT for the thoughtful efforts of this project which maximizes the use of our transportation dollars creating space for multiple users,” said State Senator Audrey Gibson (D-District 6), adding, “Further, reducing traffic congestion gets everyone to work, home and play in less time with less stress and less vehicle emissions.”

This rendering illustrates what the completed shared use path on the Fuller Warren Bridge will look like.
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This rendering illustrates what the completed shared use path on the Fuller Warren Bridge will look like.

The path is also expected to help make Jacksonville a more bicycle friendly city.

“This new shared use path is greatly needed and will help to connect more bike routes throughout Jacksonville,” said State Senator Aaron Bean (R-District 4).

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at bbortzfield@wjct.org or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.

Bill joined WJCT News in September of 2017 from The Florida Times-Union, where he served in a variety of multimedia journalism positions.