JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

JEA and its project team have successfully completed the river crossing project that kept parts of the Arlington Expressway closed for nearly two weeks.

The project involved the installation of more than 6,000 linear feet of a 36-inch water main pipe, 60 feet below the floor of the St. Johns River.

The large pipe exited the drill casing located near Talleyrand Avenue off Beaver Street at about 5 p.m.

JEA hired design-builder Haskell, which teamed with Jacobs Engineering and Michels Corporation to manage, design and install this complex drill project, which officials said was finished about four weeks ahead of schedule.

JEA said it now plans to begin removing the concrete barriers along the eastbound travel lane and eight on/off ramps located along the Arlington Expressway from the foot of the Mathews Bridge to the Arlington Road overpass.

The removal of these barriers will occur in conjunction with the Florida Department of Transportation's planned closure of the eastbound travel lanes on the Mathews Bridge scheduled from 9 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday.

Once removed, all roads, ramps and overpasses will return to their normal pre-construction traffic patterns. All barriers will be removed by about 4 p.m., officials said.

JEA's Total Water Management Plan will balance water withdrawals from the aquifer on each side of the St. Johns River.