Mathews Bridge Repainting and Repair Project
Roads: State Road 115
Project Began: September 27, 2011
Expected Completion: Late 2013
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) began a $22.7 million project to repaint and repair the Mathews Bridge over the St. Johns River on September 27.
The project involves cleaning and repainting structural steel surfaces along the 1.4 mile long span. This includes structural steel repairs, corrosion protection, new ladders, platforms and railings and rehabilitating the joints which allow bridge segments to expand and contract. Over 7,000 tons of structural steel will be fully cleaned and repainted. Work will also be done at pier foundations at the water level.
Full bridge closures along with single and directional lane closings will regularly occur but will happen at night and on weekends. The bridge and lane closings will not impact commuter and rush hour traffic. These bridge and lane closures are necessary to safely repaint and repair the bridge. Directional closings mean that both lanes in the same direction are closed to traffic while lanes in the opposite direction are open.
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