Mathews Bridge closure to affect weekend events

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Events scheduled in the downtown area on Saturday will coincide with the Mathews Bridge closure, also scheduled for the weekend.

The Wolfson Children's Hospital's Run 5 to Keep Kids Alive event starts at 2 p.m. at the Jacksonville Landing. The race route will affect traffic on the Acosta and Main Street bridges until about 3:45 p.m.

Those leaving the Arlington area trying to travel north during the event should use the Hart or Dames Point bridges.

The Mathews Bridge is scheduled to be closed in both directions from 7 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Sunday.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office wants to make sure drivers know to use alternate routes when entering or leaving downtown.

For more information on the Mathews Bridge closures and other scheduled road closures this weekend, visit

Other events occurring downtown this weekend that may be affected by the bridge's closure. They are the following:

  • MOCA Jacksonville -- exhibit grand opening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
  • Times-Union Center for Performing Arts -- Elvis Lives! from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday
  • Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center -- Jacksonville 2012 Boat Show from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.
  • Jacksonville Fairgrounds -- Pilot Club of Jacksonville's Antique Show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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