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The road ahead for Hart Bridge ramp demolition
« on: December 19, 2018, 07:08:57 PM »
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In a city where traffic jams have gotten worse over time, the elevated ramps connecting the Hart Bridge to downtown are a cruising throwback to a past era, as if that stretch of roadway would forever be 1967, the year the bridge opened.

That free-flowing ride will change after the city moves ahead in 2019 with a $37.5 million project that will demolish a segment of the elevated ramp where it runs past the sports complex, bringing traffic down to ground-level at Bay Street so city-owned land along the riverfront will be opened up for potentially skyline-changing redevelopment.

In a recent application for federal assistance, the city portrayed removing that part of the elevated road as a catalyst for an economic bonanza as Jaguars owner Shad Khan advances his $2.5 billion vision for a brand-new urban neighborhood next to TIAA Bank Field and on parts of Metropolitan Park and The Shipyards.

Jacksonville’s checkered history with such grand plans shows those kinds of massive development plans don’t always materialize. Whatever comes of Khan’s ideas, the demolition of the Hart Bridge ramp will permanently change how people drive in and out of downtown when using the Hart Bridge.

Drivers will face some detour-related delays during construction, which would start sometime after summer 2019. When the revamp is finished in 2021, drivers will encounter a slower speed limit and new traffic lights.

Full article: https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20181219/road-ahead-for-hart-bridge-ramp-demolition?start=2
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Re: The road ahead for Hart Bridge ramp demolition
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2018, 10:19:32 PM »
When do we hear about the environmental impacts of removing the foundations of the bridge piers?
Will the new Bay Street / GB Blvd. be part of the state road system? Built to state standards?

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Re: The road ahead for Hart Bridge ramp demolition
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2018, 11:21:51 PM »
Reading the article, a summer 2019 start sounds more like wishful thinking. My guess is sometime in 2020 at the earliest, with a completion date around 2022/23, assuming there are no hiccups along the way.
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Re: The road ahead for Hart Bridge ramp demolition
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2018, 08:24:28 AM »
I thought the total cost was around $52 million, not the $37.5 million listed in the story.
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