The Bridges of Downtown Jacksonville

May 17, 2013 13 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

Connecting the city for travel and commerce, they create an an urban environment that is unique in the Southeast. They are the six bridges of downtown Jacksonville.

5. Fuller Warren Bridge

Image courtesy of the State Archives of Florida.

Originally completed one year after the Mathews (1954), the Fuller Warren is the most heavily traveled bridge in downtown Jacksonville.  The original bridge was a bascule structure that was known for clogging up Interstate 95 traffic with toll booths and a vertical lift span.  It's ultimate demise also represents one of the recent missed opportunities that the city has failed to take advantage of.  It was demolished in 2007 at a cost higher than it would have been to convert the structure into a public pier.  The current structure was completed in 2002 by the Florida Department of Transportation. The 7,500 foot segmental bridge carries eight lanes across the St. Johns with a clearance below of 75 feet.

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