Main Street Bridge closed next 2 weekends for repairs


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Transportation announced Friday that the Main Street Bridge will be closed the next two weekends to replace several mechanical components.

The Main Street Bridge will close this weekend from 6:30 p.m. Friday until Saturday at 6 p.m. The bridge will also be closed the following weekend from 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10 until Feb. 12 at 6 a.m.

The FDOT said the closures are necessary as part of ongoing maintenance and improvements to the bridge.
Vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be detoured to the Acosta Bridge, with signs directing traffic through the detour. Boaters will not be impacted by the closures.

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, lightning 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, which is expected to be completed in the spring of this year.