Liberty Street repairs to cost city over $24M

Bids submitted from 2 construction companies; work to begin this summer


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It will cost the city more than $24 million to repair the part of Liberty Street that collapsed into the St. Johns River in February 2015, News4Jax has learned.

The city solicited bids from contractors to make the repairs, after the road collapsed near the Northbank of the river not far from the old courthouse. Those bids came in recently, and the two companies vying for the job put in similar bids.

Superior Construction said it would cost them $24,700,000, and Howell Construction’s bid was $24,731,000.
The city won’t release the details of each bid for another 30 days.

City and Florida Department of Transportation engineers, who inspect the site, anticipated the repair costs would run into the millions of dollars.

Inspections of the site have forced the city to block off portions of Coastline Drive and the parking lot for the old courthouse.

The plan is not to reopen that lot but to instead tear it down and possibly use it as a marina.

Closures also affected pedestrians walking from the Jacksonville Landing to the Hyatt hotel.

Mayor Lenny Curry made repairs to Coastline Drive and Liberty Street a priority in the budget he proposed last July. Work was expected to begin in October, but the city had to wait on the bids from the two companies.

Work is now expected to begin this summer. 

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