JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- People who often travel through the city's downtown area might want to start giving themselves extra time.
For the next year, the Florida Department of Transportation will be making safety improvements to the Main Street Bridge.
Lane closures and reductions are expected to impact both drivers and pedestrians during different times of the day.
A spokesperson for FDOT told First Coast News' news-gathering partners, the Florida Times-Union,
the bridge was not originally built for the kinds of vehicles that are
on the road today and the speeds at which they can travel.
to make the structure more crash-resistant, the bridge will be getting
new steel barriers to protect beams on the blue span that connects the
north and south banks.
New cables and structural steel work is also expected to be part of the $11.1 million project, according to the Times-Union.
Drivers should expect single lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day.
Full closures are planned between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. every day, except on Wednesdays and Sundays. The start time on those days is 9 p.m.
bridge will be entirely shut down from 9 p.m. on Fridays until 6 a.m.
on Sundays for nearly 25 weekends, including all sidewalks.
Pedestrians will also notice sidewalks on the bridge's east side have already been closed.
Construction is expected to wrap up in the spring of 2015.
People are encouraged to use the Acosta Bridge as an alternate route.
Main Street Bridge, which is formally known as the John T. Alsop
Bridge, was built in 1941 and was the second bridge built across the St.
Johns River in Jacksonville, according to the Times-Union.
First Coast News