Buckman Bridge

Workers make temporary repairs to the Buckman Bridge Thursday.

Damage to a finger joint on the southbound side of the Buckman Bridge forced a shutdown of the southbound lanes of the bridge and Interstate-295 southbound ahead of the bridge Thursday morning in the heart of rush hour, creating a traffic mess for commuters trying to get across the St. Johns River from Orange Park to Jacksonville.


A Florida Department of Transportation report released Thursday determined that The Florida Highway Patrol needs to do a better job of catching speeders on the Buckman Bridge. The average speed is 72 mph, which is 11 percent above the posted limit.

State transportation officials looked at crash data from 2009 to 2014 and determined the Buckman Bridge doesn’t have any design flaws. The study began after a fatal accident last year when a truck with 48-year-old William Maddox fell from the bridge.

Two Adults, Two Children Killed In Fiery Buckman Bridge Crash

Mar 2, 2015

Four people in one SUV died after it was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer on the Buckman Bridge about 2 p.m. Monday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Troopers say the investigation of the tragedy will keep the southbound lanes of the bridge closed through rush hour. 

The FHP said two adults and two children in the SUV that burst into flames died. A second SUV was involved in the crash and three other people were transported to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the big rig was not injured.

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Florida Highway Patrol

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

Florida Highway Patrol

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.

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Florida Highway Patrol

Police are still trying to determine exactly what happened on the Buckman Bridge Wednesday morning to send a Ford Ranger pick-up truck over the side and into the St. Johns River.