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Main Street Bridge rehab project begins

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A $10.7 million mechanical, electrical and structural rehabilitation project on the Main Street Bridge in downtown Jacksonville began Wednesday.

Over the next 12 months, several major mechanical components will be replaced. A temporary operating system will be installed to allow the bridge to remain operational while the mechanical work is completed.

The project also includes replacement of the entire electrical control system. The mechanical and electrical components are essential to the operation of this movable bridge, which occurs approximately 1,400 times annually.

Other improvements include replacement of the traffic gates, sidewalk gates, lightning protection system and closed circuit television cameras which give operators at the Regional Transportation Management Center live views of traffic conditions. In addition, renovations to the control house include new heating and air conditioning units, water and sanitary sewer lines and floor tile.

Detour signs will be posted any time a bridge closure is required, and signs on Interstate 95 will alert motorists of lane/bridge closures. “Overhead Bridge Repair” signs will be installed to notify marine traffic of operations. Sidewalk access will be maintained at all times.

A temporary work platform will be installed above the travel lanes and below the control house to minimize the need for lane closures. However, drivers should still expect intermittent daytime and nighttime lane and bridge closures for the duration of the project.

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