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Mathews Bridge is back open

11:25 AM, May 30, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  The Matthews Bridge reopened around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office had both sides of the bridge blocked off all day Tuesday as crews worked to remove and repair construction equipment.

The bridge had been closed since 8 p.m. Sunday. Officials were concerned the ongoing construction, including the big white tarps that cover parts of the bridge, would cause a problem for drivers given the high winds from Beryl.

Mike Goldman with the Florida Department of Transportation said crews were attempting to check and secure work platforms and cables during lulls in Tuesday's rainy weather, but conditions were not favorable, Goldman said.

The equipment is 20 feet over the roadway. Goldman said they were doing bits and pieces of the work, but the wind keeps gusting and the crews had to come down.

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