Bridge improvements at Intracoastal should help cyclists, pedestrian safety

$2.2M project to be completed by early 2018

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Thursday, crews began adding bike lanes and sidewalks to the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge at Atlantic Boulevard. It's a project many people say will make the area much safer.

Some cyclists said that that the improvements will make crossing the bridge a lot easier and safer for everyone.

On the eastbound side of the road, bicyclists have only so much room to cross before they're just inches from traffic.

Here's what the project will look like when it's complete:

With the new layout, the Florida Department of Transportation will install 8-foot wide bike lanes and 6-feet wide sidewalks on the north side of the westbound span of the bridge. Plus, bike lanes will be added to the eastbound side.

FDOT said crews will be working weekdays with some occasional weeknight and weekend work. Daytime lane closures will occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No lane closures are allowed during peak driving times Monday through Friday or on holidays or special events.

People in the area said they're glad this project is starting.

"I think it's a great idea. I know a lot of people use it for exercise, biking and running and walking," said Milo Matte, a frequent cyclist. "The more pedestrian traffic that's available, I think the better."

The project is going to cost about $2.2 million. It's expected to be complete early in 2018.

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