Alternative routes for Jaguars fans
With the Mathews Bridge out of service, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is urging everyone going to Sunday's Jaguars game with the Indianapolis Colts leave 30 minutes early or consider using public transportation to get to EverBank Field.
If you drive, police are asking fans who normally take the Hart Bridge to the stadium to take the Main Street Bridge instead, and those who normally take Mathews Bridge to take the Hart Bridge instead. East Arlington residents can also take the Dames Point Bridge and approach downtown from the north.
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The Sheriff's Office said it has increased staff at detour points. It said 55,000 fans are expected to attend the game, which starts at 1 p.m.
Post-game routes will be similar to normal, police said.
There will be increased JSO staffing during rush hour working lights in the morning and evening.
The Mathews Bridge was closed on weekends anyway for current work it's undergoing, but it generally reopened for Jaguars games and other special events.
A JSO special events staff take will over Sunday in dealing with traffic. There will be no difference Saturday.
JSO is also urging people to use Jacksonville Transportation Authority buses or the water taxi to get to the game. Both drop fans off at the sports complex within a short walking distance to the gate.
The water taxis pick up along the Southbank Riverwalk and from the Jacksonville Landing and drop passengers at Metropolitan Park and cost $5 each way.
The JTA game-day shuttle picks up from two downtown locations -- the Prime Osborn Convention Center or the Kings Avenue parking garage in San Marco -- and cost $7 round trip.
Stadium shuttles from suburban locations cost $12 and are available from Jacksonville Beach (Wingate Park at 277 Penman Road), the Mandarin JTA park-and-ride lot (corner of San Jose Boulevard and Marbon Road), Orange Park (450 Park Avenue) and the JTA lot on Philips Highway at the end of J. Turner Butler Boulevard.
For more information on the shuttles, call 904-630-3110.
The Jaguars don't foresee any problems.
"A lot of fans come early to tailgate and they will still be able to do that as well," said Dan Edwards, Jaguars director of communications. "We are just encouraging other fans to come a little early as well."
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