3 3 Here's something we have not seen in a while -- TRAFFIC traveling across the Mathews Bridge. It's been more than a month since the bridge was hit by a ship and badly damaged -- and in a surprise move this morning -- The Department of Transportation opened it back up... The re-opening came nearly 12 hours ahead of schedule. Channel 4's Jim Piggott joins us LIVE from the bridge...Jim obviously good news... but why was DOT able to do this earlier than planned? 3 DOT says yes.. and it's made sure of it .. the move to remove the barricades this morning..came after a final test saying it was ok... 00-0512-181:01-1:15 Even though DOT didn't announce the bridge reopening.. It didn't take long for drivers to catch on..anything to avoid what some were saying were nearly hour long delays. This is video I shot with my Iphone as photographpher Randy sell drove across the bridge. It looks the same as before the crash.. But DOT engineer Will Watts who was on our morning show told us.. It ' s different... It ' s safer.. Will watts dot engineer source 10-29-13 TMS SHOW time code 7:20:16We brought in some of the most brilliant engineers for the project..we are using modern day material.. higher strength steal. higher strength bolts.. it is actually a stronger connection than pre impact . The contractor is going to get a bonus for finishing way ahead of schedule..It had 40 days.. and the company could take home nearly 1.7 million dollars...It may cost even more than for repairs and materials . DOT is still checking to make sure all is OKMike Goldman time code 16:37:01 There are gauges up there that are monitoring the vibrations and they will be up there for several weeks now that the bridge is open. we had to make sure the bridge was functioning probably The delays the shutdown caused.. made many see how important the bridge is to Jacksonville's transportation system .. In 1999 when the city passed the better Jacksonville plan..there was talk and some money spent studying the possibility of a new Mathews bridge... ..For now it looks like that has been pushed asideMike Goldman time code16:41:55 We determined and nobody disagreed with it that a Mathews bridge to totally replace it would not be economical let alone the disruption of the property in that area 3 Where does the investigation stand in determining the cause of the collision and what are you hearing about who ultimately will pay for these repairs?