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On ramps from Atlantic Blvd. and Philips Hwy. onto Interstate 95 northbound were reopened this morning at around 5:15 a.m. following overnight emergency repairs, according to our news partner News4Jax.

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The list of proposed road construction projects for the next five years in the six-county Jacksonville metro-area, will be available for public review tonight.

Florida Department of Transportation spokeswoman Gina Busscher says engineers and planners will be on-hand at the agency's Edison Avenue training center to talk about the projects and answer people's questions.

"It’s called our 'tentative work program,” she said. "Each year FDOT updates its five year transportation plan with projects requested by the public, local government and metropolitan planning organizations."

Brent Pease, Governor Rick Scott, and Charlie Crist are in the headlines today.

Judy Woodruff, the Jacksonville City Council, and state highways are in the headlines today.

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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 State of Florida Department of Transportation plans to remove the state's 7,752 motorist aid call boxes from along interstate roads by the end of next January.

Boxes on I-10, which were among the 352 boxes along that route and I-95 in and around Jacksonville, have already been removed.

FDOT spokeswoman Gina Busscher called the boxes "antiquated technology" and said removing the boxes will save the state $1 million per year.

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.

Officials Hopeful For Partial Mathews Bridge Reopening

Oct 16, 2013
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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.   

Still Unclear When Mathews Bridge Will Reopen

Oct 9, 2013
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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.

Mathews Bridge May Partially Reopen In Two Weeks

Oct 1, 2013
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Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad says with a little luck the Mathews Bridge could partially reopen in two weeks.

Prasad was in Jacksonville on Tuesday to give an update on bridge repairs.  He says Jacksonville-based Superior Construction has been awarded a contract to make the bridge repairs. The total costs including inspections and possible traffic management will be about $3 million.

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The United States Coast Guard on Monday released the audio of some of the calls that came in from people who witnessed a ship hit the Mathews Bridge Thursday afternoon.

Listen below:

USNS Harry L. Martin struck the bridge just before rush hour on Thursday. The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the accident.

The head of the Florida Department of Transportation is expected to provide an update on the condition of the bridge later this afternoon.

A Jax man charged with attempted shooting of a federal judge, Mathews Bridge repairs to be discussed, and the opening of health insurance exchanges are in headlines this morning.

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It could be a while before anyone knows exactly how and why a cargo ship hit the Mathews Bridge Thursday afternoon, closing it to traffic indefinitely.

The U.S. Coast Guard is heading up the investigation into the accident. Petty Officer First Class Lauren Jorgensen says officials are in the very earliest stages of figuring out what happened and who’s to blame.

“The drug and alcohol testing has been completed and the investigators have been interviewing the crew to determine who was directly involved and any witnesses that were there," she said.

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A set of official photos released by Florida Department of Transportation spokesman Michael Goldman this morning shows the spot where a cargo ship struck the Mathews Bridge on Thursday afternoon.

Engineers are working on assessing the damage and are expected to file a report later today.

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The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is advising commuters to plan for delays getting to and from work today, hours after the Mathews Bridge was ordered closed indefinitely after being struck by a ship.

"Be patient, be safe, be courteous with each other, and understand that this is a unique situation," said JSO Sgt. Steve Zona at an press conference early this morning outside Everbank Field. 

He also encouraged people to adjust their schedules, to arrive or leave work an hour early, in order to avoid rush hour traffic.

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