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Police urge new routes for Jaguars games

12:35 PM, Sep 27, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In the wake of the Mathews Bridge closure, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is issuing traffic recommendations ahead of Sunday's Jaguars game.

Asst. Chief of Special Events Leonard Propper held a news conference Friday morning at EverBank Field to announce the recommendations.

Propper said all fans should give themselves at least a 30 minute head start before leaving for the game. He also advised fans who typically take the Mathews Bridge to use the Hart Bridge instead and fans that typically rely on the Hart Bridge should use the Main Street Bridge.

"If everyone comes 30 minutes early and follows those instructions, you will be able to park and get to the game on time. I don't foresee any problems," Propper said.

Jacksonville Transportation Authority buses and the St. Johns River Water Taxi are also options, Propper noted.

The estimated attendance for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts is 55,000 people. Kick-off is at 1 p.m. EST.

Propper said the sheriff's office is adding 12 officers to traffic patrol on Sunday. They will be responsible for monitoring new driving patterns and the timing of traffic signals.

He also noted that the department has a plan in place for handling the Jaguars game without a main artery downtown.

He said fans should notice no changes to activities before and after the game. "This is not a major problem," he said.

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