Mathews Bridge

Construction on the Mathews Bridge has finished more than two weeks early.

damaged ship

The state of Florida is suing the Navy over an accident that heavily damaged Jacksonville’s Mathews Bridge two years ago.

The state owns the heavily traveled bridge that spans the St. Johns River.

A more than 750-foot Navy ship was being towed in September of 2013 when it crashed into the bridge and caused $4 million in damage.

As the Florida News Service reports, the lawsuit filed by the Florida Transportation Department is seeking payments from the Navy and Moran Towing Corporation. 

The Mathews Bridge, food trucks, and public funding for sports stadiums 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.

The Mathews Bridge is open, new documents in Cherish Perrywinkle case, and medical marijuana are in the headlines today.


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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The Jacksonville Sheriff's office is changing the traffic patterns for Sunday's Jaguars game against the San Diego Chargers.

All lanes on the Hart Bridge will flow into downtown from 9 a.m. until 2  p.m.

Assistant Chief Leonard Propper says the change is being made to be more accommodating to Jaguar fans who normally use the currently closed Mathews Bridge. There will be plenty of signage and a police presence to direct traffic around the stadium.

Deal to reopen government passes, officials optimistic for partial Mathews Bridge reopen, questions remain in bullying suicide case, and Michael Dunn's jailhouse letters are in the headlines today.

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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.   

Scott makes teacher raises a top priority, United Way gets big donations from local business, and official updates on the Mathews Bridge are in the headlines today.

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Emergency repairs on the Mathews Bridge have been ongoing for about a week but it's not yet been determined if the bridge can partially open next week.

Plans are to open two lanes and allow westbound traffic in the morning and eastbound in the afternoon.

Florida Department of Transportation spokesman Mike Goldman says after the emergency repairs are completed they will still need to check if the bridge is safe.

For those of you wondering if the Mathews Bridge is still closed after sustaining major damage from a ship strike last week, there's an app for that!

It actually isn't an app, but the website has gained popularity on social media since it was launched on Tuesday.

The site answers, "YES," in large type and includes a humorous missive about the bridge closure. Examples include, "The ship has hit the span, "Ship happens," and "All signs point to the Fuller Warren."

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