All bridges in greater Jacksonville open; most never closed

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office planned for 12-18 hour period of strong winds

By Nick Jones - Digital producer, Crystal Chen - Assignment editor/reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - As Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida's east coast, most bridges will be closed if sustained wind speeds reach 40 mph or greater.

St Johns County

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Crossing the Bridge of Lions was limited Wednesday to those who lived or had business in the area, but it was closed completely 3-4:30 p.m. due to street flooding on both sides of the bridge.

Wednesday morning, the eastbound side of the Vilano Bridge was closed to non-essential vehicles. Only verified residents were allowed access until the curfew was lifted.

Sheriff David Shoar had said bridge closures in St. Johns County would be based on the weather conditions. Just like Duval and Clay counties, the bridges close when sustained winds are at 40 mph or greater.

During Hurricane Matthew, all bridges except the Julington Creek Bridge and Matanzas Bridge were closed in St. Johns County.

Nassau County

Nassau County Director of Emergency Management Greg Foster shut down the Shave Bridge around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday when sustained winds were clocked at 40 mph and the Nassau Sound Bridge south of Amelia Island shortly after that.

Within an hour, both bridges had reopened. Foster said the bridges will continue being monitored.

Flagler County

The Hammond Dunes Bridge and State Road 100 bridge to Flagler Beach were closed overnight because of the curfew, but have reopened after the curfew was lifted late Wednesday morning.

Duval County

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on Monday said police were expecting 12 to 18 hours of strong winds in Duval County when bridges in Duval County might need to be closed. If closed, the bridges would remain closed during the duration of the storm.

As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, there were no reports that any bridges required closure.

Clay County

During a briefing Monday afternoon, similar information about bridge closings was shared by Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels.

During Hurricane Matthew, the Shands Bridge in Green Cove Springs was closed after the shoulder on the approach to the bridge was damaged in the storm.

Glynn County

The Sidney Lanier Bridge reopened Thursday morning. 

Re-entry guidelines have not yet come down, but we expect them to shortly. Use your best judgment for now, as many places in Brunswick are still closed, police said.

A 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew remains in effect, even though the storm has passed.

The Jekyll Island Causeway will remain closed until crews can safely assess any damages.

Glynn County officials said the F.J. Torras Causeway would not close unless it became too dangerous for drivers or became impassable.

Camden County

The St. Marys Police Department said rising water under in Dark Entry Creek briefly shut down the bridge on Highway 40.

Where there were no signs of any structural damages, the police department said water rose to the point that the level reached the bottom of the bridge.

It reopened Thursday morning once GDOT engineers inspected the bridge.

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