In 2013, several major construction projects broke ground in and around downtown Jacksonville for the first time since the 2008 economic downfall. Looking forward to 2014, here are five projects and points of discussion that have the potential to forever change Jacksonville's landscape.
Fuller Warren Bridge Widening Debate
2013 ended with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) dropping the bombshell that the Fuller Warren Bridge will be widened in 2016 for $136 million.
Illustrating a changing of the guard in a community that has previously been a slave to the asphalt king, FDOT's dream hasn't been accepted with open arms. In 2014, FDOT will try to force their project into the TPO's 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan and convince the community to accept that more asphalt equals progress.
On the other hand, the community will have to decide whether to fight the project from happening or alleviate its negatives while arguing for a more thoughtful design. Either way, if this project is approved, an 11 lane interstate highway will have a significant impact on the neighborhood it penetrates.
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The Fuller Warren Bridge Expansion Project
Bikes and Pedestrians on the Fuller Warren Bridge