JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville's Main Street Bridge will be closed at certain times over the weekend, the Florida Department of Transportation announced Thursday.
The closure will begin Friday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m. to Sunday, September 25 at 6 a.m. weather permitting.
The closures are part of improvements to the mechanical, electrical and structural systems.
The closures are necessary to sandblast and paint structural portions of the bridge and to install electrical system components, FDOT said.
Both vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be detoured to the Acosta Bridge. Signs will direct traffic through the detour.
Boaters will not be impacted by the closures.
The Main Street Bridge will be open throughout the day of the Sept. 25.
The bridge will remain opened during the weekdays to accommodate traffic.
The improvements to the Main Street Bridge include the replacement of several major mechanical components, replacement of the entire electrical control system, replacement of the traffic gates, sidewalk gates, lighting protection system and closed-circuit television cameras, which give operators live views of traffic conditions.
The work will include new heating and air conditioning units, water and sanitary sewer lines and floor tile for the control house.
M & J Construction of Tarpon Springs was awarded the $10.7 million contract. The project is expected to be completed in Spring 2017.
The Main Street Bridge is a vertical lift bridge and is raised and lowered approximately 1,400 times a year.