Main Street Bridge closed Wednesday night


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville’s Main Street Bridge will be closed from 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday as part of improvements to the mechanical, electrical and structural systems. The closures are necessary as part of the ongoing maintenance to the bridge.

Both vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be detoured to the Acosta Bridge. Signs will direct traffic through the detour.

Boaters will be unable to pass through the channel.

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 that 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.